When my boys were little, I used to let them wear their clothes to bed at night. My thought at the time was, “Why make your kids go to all the work of changing into their pajamas when they just have to get dressed all over again the next day? Why not let them sleep in their clothes?”
So I did, and my boys were the envy of all the other little boys in the neighborhood whose moms made them wear pajamas at night.
I was all about fun and easy in those days. I avoided anything that looked like work unless it was absolutely necessary. My goal in life was to have fun, and because of that, I was frustrated. Life was never easy enough and fun enough to suit my purposes.
I was looking at life through cultural glasses, and what I saw through those glasses was a life that didn’t measure up to expectations.
Things got better when I took off the glasses.
Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we shouldn’t expect life to be easy. Paul tells us in Hebrews 12 that hard things build our character. James tells us in James 1 to be thankful for trials. Throughout the Bible we see countless examples of men and women who loved God. They weren’t living fun and easy lives, but they were living with joy.
Sometimes hard is better than easy. And sometimes no-fun is better than fun. But serving God is always better than not serving Him–even when He asks us to do hard things.
Francis Chan has a great video with a similar message. I hope you enjoy it.