Be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16: 13)
Never pray for an easier life— pray to be a stronger person! Never pray for tasks equal to your power— pray for power equal to your tasks. Then doing your work will be no miracle— you will be the miracle.
We must remember that Christ will not lead us to greatness through an easy or self-indulgent life. An easy life does not lift us up but only takes us down. Heaven is always above us, and we must continually be looking toward it.
Some people always avoid things that are costly, or things that require self-denial, self-restraint, and self-sacrifice. Yet it is hard work and difficulties that ultimately lead us to greatness, for greatness is not found by walking the moss-covered path laid out for us through the meadow. It is found by being sent to carve out our own path with our own hands.
Are you willing to sacrifice to reach the glorious mountain peaks of God’s purpose for you?
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift.
Shun not the struggle; face it.
It’s God’s gift.
Say not the days are evil— Who’s to blame?
Or fold your hands, as in defeat— O shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely,
In God’s name. Be strong!
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day how long,
Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.
~Maltbie D. Babcock
Cowman, L. B. E.; Reimann, Jim. Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (pp. 297-298). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.