The Easy Button

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[vimeo id="126963797"] There are many times when we might wish that life was easier. We may think to ourselves, if only I had less to do, if only I could just snap my fingers and my work would be done, if only I could have one big success and could coast through the rest of my life, I would be as happy as I could be. The problem with this thinking, of course, is that it’s not realistic. Relevant magazine published an article about the worst thing that can happen to twentysomethings. You might be surprised to hear that it wasn’t a desk job and it wasn’t financial struggles. According to the article the worst thing that can happen is life being too easy. Here are three reasons why the “easy button” is a nightmare waiting to happen for twentysomethings.

First, an easy life produces ineffective people. If you look at the Bible, none of the great men or women of God had an easy life. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. Moses was chased into the desert and led an unruly group of people. David ran from King Saul for several years despite being the anointed king. Why did God allow this? Because adversity is the greatest force for driving us to improve. Hardship is the furnace that your character is forged in, and nothing could be more disastrous for your character than instant, unearned success.

Second, an easy life does not produce hope for the future. Turn in your Bible to the book of Psalms. If you read a few pages, you will soon encounter passages that call forth the memories of hardships the Israelites endured. Why? Because the hardships we endured in the past produce hope for the future. If you never had to struggle through troubled times, what hope will you cling to when disaster strikes? Enduring hardship will produce that can-do-attitude for the future.

Lastly, an easy life creates weak people. In cross-country running, the athletes begin with shorter distances and slowly work their way up to half-marathons and marathons. You don’t just being by running a marathon. Why? Because they won’t have the endurance to finish the race. In the same way, if your life never involves the short races that test your endurance, how will you compete when the marathons of life come? Current struggles will cultivate strength and wisdom to navigate your future. They will shape you to become an effective decision-maker. So keep racing on!

Thanks for checking out my blog today! I hope these words have encouraged you and empowered you to live a life glorifying to God. Please feel free to leave any comments below. Thanks again and have a great day!