I was talking with my little brother the other day, and in the conversation he mentioned, “it’s as easy as buying a pie.” It got me thinking. A long time ago I had a similar thought — Life is like pie. Store bought pie may be easier, but it doesn’t taste nearly as good as homemade.
Sometimes the work we put into things factors in to our enjoyment of them. This life wasn’t meant to be easy, it was meant to be worth it. Sometimes we complicate things for ourselves unnecessarily, that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about taking the easy way out when that way isn’t best.
My dad always said that God blesses effort. I fully believe that to be true. Sometimes we sit back waiting for a miracle when God is waiting on us to use the things He’s already given us. “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.” (Luke 16:10)
Even when we feel that we don’t have much to offer, we still need to be faithful in it. We still need to do our part. “In all your ways acknowledge Him (God) and He will direct your steps.” (Prov. 3:5) How can God direct our steps when we’re unwilling to take that step of faith?
This life can be hard sometimes, following dreams can be so much harder than sitting back and letting it all pass by. But what kind of life would that lead to? We need to get in and do the gritty work, knowing that the reward will be so much greater, and so much more meaningful.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in wanting things to be easy that we lose hope when we come against some opposition, yet we fail to see all the blessings that come through the struggles.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, even though walking through the dark is hard, we need to continue, knowing that the light will shine even brighter.