Happy Friday and time for another Five Minute Friday. Writing for five minutes – without overthinking – about a given prompt. And today’s prompt is: easy. (Oh, that should be easy! Not really. I just couldn’t resist).
GO – Truthfully, though, don’t we enjoy easy? We are bombarded with messages that the struggle is real. Adulting is hard. Life is hard. Everything is so hard and the implication is that there must be an easier way. We crave the easier way. We want easy. And, I suppose, some things are easy. ( Making excuses seems to be very easy.) I also am not trying to be overly dramatic, but the truth is much of what is beneficial, what is needful or even essential, and most of what is really important in life is not easy. Is not learned or appreciated through ease.
I think of exercise. Why? I’m not sure other than I really (really!) do not enjoy exercise but I know its value. I have been trying to create an exercise habit. Still working on that resolve to exercise in 2022. I want to reach a healthy weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It takes discipline. It takes commitment – long haul commitment – and is not achieved and/or maintained with easy, quick-fix solutions. Being disciplined is not easy. Saying no to sugar is not always easy. Walking another flight of stairs or doing one more plank is not easy. Or fun.
But diet and exercise are just one example. In much the same way, sticking to my Bible reading plan, having a grateful attitude, or being a woman of prayer is not always easy. Nor is taking a stand. Resisting peer pressure or any number of society’s pressures isn’t easy. Speaking up isn’t easy. Keeping my mouth shut (when necessary) is not easy either. Taking up your cross for Christ, following Him, and living by faith is not always easy. But we were never promised easy. The truth is….. most often, it takes struggle in order to grow. In order for us to benefit. In order for us not only to see a difference but also to make a difference. Yes, it takes struggle. The struggle is real and we would be wise to appreciate it.
STOP – I hope, even today, I can actually thank Him for the struggles. There will always be struggles. And there will always be His faithfulness as I go through them.