The funny thing about hard stuff is that we didn’t believe it would be this hard.
Those of us living in a first world country are especially confused by hard. We watch commercials promising the easy life, sure that if we buy or do the right things, we’ll be able to avoid hard.
But aren’t all our best memories connected to the hard stuff?
A race won.
A baby born.
A degree earned.
What’s your hard thing?
About eleven years ago, mine was moving to a fourth-world country and becoming an instant mom to three… eventually mom to five.
Around three years ago, it was fighting panic and adrenal fatigue — pushing through life even though I wanted to hide in a safe little corner.
Today it’s being faithful at home, while also letting my light shine a little further. It’s putting myself on my blog, in a book, and even on a speaking platform.
Each hard thing has been scary. Today is scary. And exhausting. Did I mention hard stuff is exhausting?!
Every single time I want to go live in those life-made-easy commercials, God gets involved.
He elbows me in the ribs and just won’t let up until I’ve gotten the point:
- homeschool curriculum…
They all say the same thing:
I don’t know what the future holds; God might take me from hard to easier, or maybe from hard to harder. But even in my fear and wimpiness, I’m motivated to press on by a couple huge things:
1) I know there will eventually be a permanent end to all that is hard. Hallelujah!
And at that end we will be rewarded for our perseverance.
“In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” Hebrews 10:37
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
2) I don’t have to do a single thing in my own strength!
God promises to empower and equip me for each challenge.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Here’s the deal: God has specific tasks in mind for each of us. We’ve been uniquely designed for our own hard stuff.
Jesus saved us — completing the ultimate overwhelming job. And He sustains us. He empowers us.
Our time here is limited. Will we do what He’s created us and saved us to do?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Alright, now it’s your turn to share. What hard thing is God asking you to do?