The Second Most Evil Thing in the World

The Second Most Evil Thing in the World

Yesterday I ran into a pastor friend of mine. He must have known I was struggling because he looked me in the eye and said, “You know, Paul told us this life was going to be hard.”

That was a wake-up call for me. I’ve been bummed out lately. I was so bummed on Monday I didn’t even blog.

For some reason I always want to think life shouldn’t be hard. When bad stuff happens I sit around complaining, as if some unique burden has been laid upon me. The reality is: Life stinks – for everyone.

What that pastor said is not a message I hear a lot. Usually I hear that Jesus wants to lead me into green grass and Mountain Dew – not suffering and trials.

Is it possible that besides my pride, the most sinister evil I face is my desire to avoid pain and suffering?

My desire to take out a loan rather than save money.

My desire to eat my dessert before my vegetables.

My desire to let things slide rather than confront.

Facing challenges like those is what creates discipline in me. Discipline saves me from myself. Discipline willingly embraces the path of suffering now for a big payoff at the end.

I think that’s what Paul was saying when he said:

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings. Phil 3:10

If I want to know Christ I’d better get really comfortable with embracing the hard path in this life knowing that the big payoff comes at the end.