Well, we know that the short-term version can be synonymous with comfortable, profitable, familiar, natural, etc.
But what about the long-term? Is it easier to let go of your dreams than it is to put in the hard work it takes to achieve them? Is it easier to end up becoming a version of yourself that you never wanted to be instead of practicing habits now that lead to strong character traits? Is it easier to just get a divorce than it is to fight for your marriage?
The long-term definition of “easy” is often much different than the short. When people say, “Be the you today that your future self will thank you for”, they are saying, DON’T CHOOSE EASY.
Choose the hard, the sacrificial, the bold, the courageous, the unfamiliar, the vulnerable, the tough, the impossible. Choose those. While the alternate choices may seem more appealing to our flesh, we all know they do not make for a very exciting life!
And so, if you’re dragging, that’s okay. If you’ve been through some major hurdles, HANG ON! If you feel as though you’ve been watering plants that simply will not grow, do not hang up your hose and your shovel. No. That is when you dig deep and you keep going.
I would bet that if you surveyed the seasoned veterans of this life, they would tell you that the things that truly made them who they are have never been the easy stuff.
As my grandfather used to say, “The easy things never make for good stories.” Oh, how right he was.
Keep walking the straight and narrow! Don’t be discouraged. You’re not alone and you’re not behind. You’re right where you need to be, holding Your Father’s hand and understanding what dependence truly looks like.
Happy Tuesday, friends
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” -Matthew 7:13-14