There is a reality that all of us face every day: Life is hard. It’s only when I try to escape that reality that I am blindsided by the difficulty of life.
Friendship is hard.
Marriage is hard.
Integrity is hard.
Parenting is hard.
Leading is hard.
Family dynamics are hard.
I’ve been praying through a decision I have to make to meet my biological father before he passes away. I am reminded of how difficult life and family and relationships can be at times.
What God brought to my mind today is: Whoever said it would be easy?
God never promised easy, He promised His presence.
God never promised comfort, He promised to be comforting.
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.”
Life is hard.
It is hard to tell the truth when the easier thing to do is lie.
It is hard to stay when it’s easier to pack up and leave.
It is hard to be vulnerable when it’s easier to be fake.
It is hard to say you’re sorry when it’s easier to wait for an apology.
It is hard to serve when you feel you deserve to be served.
It is hard to give in when it’s easier to demand your own way.
It is hard to forgive when holding a grudge is justified.
It is hard to trust when trust has been broken.
It is hard to have faith when faith has been lost. It is hard to have hope when despair is your companion. It is hard to persevere when giving up seems so much easier.
It will be hard. Your marriage will be hard. Your friendships will be hard. Your family dynamics will be hard. Your work relationships will be hard. Your faith in God will be tested.
So if you find yourself surprised and maybe even discouraged at how hard life is right now, take heart! He has overcome the world.