I find myself tense up and feel discouraged when it becomes hard.
When my children fail to understand concepts in school, it's hard.
When I realize I need to invest more in character building, it's hard.
When I run up against strain in my marriage, it's hard.
Hard, in these areas, has always felt negative, discouraging, overwhelming.
But, recently the Lord brought these hard things to mind.
Is it not hard for a runner to train for a marathon?
Yes, it takes planning, dedication, determination,
Even at times, blood (blisters), sweat (running in the heat),
And tears (trying to work training into an already full life schedule).
Is it not hard for a student studying for a college degree?
Yes, it also takes planning, dedication and determination.
Is it not hard for a mountain climber to scale a mountain?
Or a gardener to reap a harvest?
Or a carpenter to build a house?
Or an author to write a book?
I hope you can clearly see that to all these questions,
The answer is most certainly, YES!
But when I look at these tasks and goals,
I think the hard in each one as fun,
Adventuresome, exciting, impressive.
Hard, in other words, does not have to be negative.
Hard, is part of a process I am journeying through.
Hard means I'm going somewhere.
Hard means I'm working on something.
Hard means I'm affecting someone.
Dear friends, when life gets hard, it's OK!
Remember your calling.
Remember your goal.
Hard comes with the task,
But the results will be worth it!
Press on and work hard on those hard issues.
Because of Jesus,
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