Alex and Brett Harris @ www.boundless.org. deal with doing the "Hard Things". They note: "We don't like hard things in our society, especially as young people growing up in a culture of adultescence. We avoid hard things as much as possible. Unfortunately (or should we say, fortunately), there's no avoiding them in the Bible."
The Way We Grow
A Radical Argument
Hard Things or Harder Things?
"What happens when we avoid hard things? The answer is that hard things come to us. It's like the guy who won't go in to the gas station to put some air in slightly deflated tire, only to have it blow out on him on the freeway when he's late for an important meeting. Maybe it's even happened before, and he's already used his spare"
John Piper, in his book Don't Waste Your Life, shares this story:
I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider a story from the February 1998 edition of Reader's Digest, which tells about a couple who "took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells." At first, when I read it I thought it might be a joke. A spoof on the American Dream. But it wasn't.
Tragically, this was the dream: Come to the end of your life — your one and only precious, God-given life — and let the last great work of your life, before you give an account to your Creator, be this: playing softball and collecting shells. Picture them before Christ at the great Day of Judgment: "Look, Lord. See my shells." That is a tragedy. And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream. Over and against that, I put my protest: Don't buy it. Don't waste your life.
Living Your Best Life
Something to Give Your Life To