Life is Hard!
I remember when the truth and reality of that saying took deep root in my soul. I was in my mid twenties and had gotten my youthful idealism steadily beat out of me and the fallacies of “the way it should be” whipped away by the way things are.
Now you might be thinking that I am being pessimistic here, but let me assure you that I am an extremely optimistic person. My wife describes me not as one who sees the glass half full, but as one who sees the glass as overflowing.
That being said I think it is good and right to acknowledge that life is hard. After all it is a truth that no one can legitimately deny. We live in this creation after Eden and the curse has saturated this sin soaked world. We are all subject to the dreaded sinful nature that plagues us all. Some of us wage war with the flesh and through the Spirit are putting it to death and others have quit and/or never begun to fight succumbing to defeat.
Back in the Garden of Eden that old Serpent the Devil pointed Eve and Adam to an easy path, but it was not good. It was not easy either though it looked appealing at first glance.
Life is indeed hard and nothing good is easy. Yet we are so corrupted in our inner most beings that time after time we are tempted to take the path of least resistance. We have a tendency to derail ourselves time and again.
As a follower of Jesus Christ this is even more true. Our King told us that if the world hated him they will surely hate us as we faithfully walk in his purposes. Paul wrote to young Timothy and told him that all who desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Peter wrote to the Christians of the Diaspora to not be surprised by the fiery trial when it comes upon them to test their faith as though something strange were happening to them.
To many Christians are caught up in the winds and the waves of worldliness. They merely go with the flow, but if you look in a river you will see that only dead things go with the flow!
I am thankful for the men and women in my life who are sold out for Jesus and willing to do whatever it takes to see the Kingdom of God advanced in our spheres of influence. I am thankful for those who are willing to be thought of as fools by the world, but in reality are shining stars.
May the God of Glory raise us an army of people willing to go wholly/holy bonkers for Jesus and may he turn us loose on this modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
~ Daniel 12:3