“It’s so hard, you know?” I hear this all the time used as an excuse for making bad choices.
Let’s keep this honest. I don’t know what is hard in your story or how hard it is. We all face hard things and I can only live my own story. Every day I am challenged to choose differently and not use difficult things in my story as an excuse. I often wish I could just push a button and make this situation or that personal relationship easy, or at least easier!
As I get older, what I continue to learn is that sometimes our choices make life harder. This is because sometimes what we choose is sin. We try to justify our sinful choices with the excuse that making good choices is somehow beyond our reach.
We go left when asked to go right. #disobedience
We eat junk when our body says, “eat healthier”. #rebellion
We stay when we are asked to go. #NotJustJonahAndTheWhale
We spend more time talking about what we want to do rather than doing it. #procrastinating
Nike had a slogan of “Just Do It” that made them billions of dollars. They chose well, but choosing well is easier said than done, eh?
Not if you have the right tools.
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength”.
Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these other things will be added to it.”
1 Timothy 7-10, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promises for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.”
Could God’s Word be our “easy button” for choices that lead to strength, peace, patience, endurance, perseverance…whatever you need to make your load lighter?
Physical Fitness Tool:
Finding the right fitness plan for you and your body. For me, I have learned that I need people with me when I exercise to help me stay consistent. Not just a gym full of fellow strugglers but one or two people who will come alongside and exercise with me but also push me to get better. Sadly, I have yet to find such companions.
Emotional Mental Tool:
A trusted friend is great but sometimes we need more than that to carry the heavy stuff up and away from our path. A counselor, Life Coach or Spiritual Director that will give you a different perspective to help lighten your load.
The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for you and for me. I am guessing that having nails pierced through hands and feet and donning a crown of thorns for the sake of another…IS HARD. Every hard thing I have ever experienced in my life, pales in comparison.
For those of us that claim that “we are hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3), this means we are to take up that cross and follow Him…regardless of how hard the situation is.
I don’t recall hearing that Jesus grumbled or complained about how hard it was to take our sin upon Him. He prayed. He obeyed. He did what His Father asked Him to. He wanted God’s Will.
Having trouble obeying?
You are not alone! However, choosing to obey (with God’s promised help) will give you the freedom and peace you seek and bring clarity of what God’s Will is for you. The more you grumble and complain, the further you get pulled away from intimacy with God.
Neil Anderson puts it this way. (RE: temptation)
- Lust of the flesh draws us away from the Will of God (destroying our dependence on God; John 15:5) When we give into this lust we trust more in our own ways and ideas than we do the Holy Spirit.
- Lust of the eyes draws us away from God’s Word (destroying our confidence in God; John 15:7) We allow the world, the flesh, and the devil to fill us with their thoughts and words instead of God’s truth.
- Pride of life draws us away from Worship of God (destroying our obedience to God; John 15:8-10) We embrace our idols rather than find comfort in the presence of God.
Do you want to obey God? Are you struggling with knowing His Will, with being in and understanding His Word, or do you lack Worship? Maybe it is lust and pride that is distracting you.
Question is… “what are you willing to do about it?”
Thank you for joining me on this journey.