Starting over isn’t easy. While it’s a more upbeat perspective, the heart of “starting over” is its root word—change. If you’re anything like me, you’re not a fan of being dragged out of comfort zones or falling from safety nets.
Change can often lead to good, but delayed goodness isn’t always easy.
As a new believer, I was schooled in a recipe to seek goodness from God. It looked like this:
Prayer + Peace = God’s perfect will
My conclusion then, was if I prayed but had no peace, I must be on the outskirts of those good and perfect answers.
God has asked me to do some hard things in my life. To leave behind people and places that I thought would be forever. To lay down a ministry that represented a decade of labor and love. To be honest, authentic, and share words that may not be widely accepted. To go to a brand new church and begin again.
Change and starting over aren’t easy, they are hard. Each of my hard steps while laced with prayer, were not filled with peace. Which turned that “perfect will” recipe on its head. And had I followed it, I would have done precisely nothing that God asked me to.
Hard work doesn’t always come with peace, because peace doesn’t cost us anything.
The truth is that hard work terrifies me. It’s all wrapped up in the potential for failure, the possibility of unmet expectations, and the fear of disapproval. Those things equate to the polar opposite of peace—and a gnawing pit in my stomach.
When God asks me to do hard things, my natural inclination is to bullet point all the reasons why I just don’t have it in me. But I can rarely justify not doing what He’s asked.
God asks us to do hard things, because who better to do them than His own? (Tweet that)
The “hard” in this life stretches the borders of our faith. Our reliance must shift from our ability, understanding, and strength, to the charge that God is writing over our lives—even if it’s hard. Even if there is no peace. Even if the cost is great.
Hard work is worth doing when it’s an offering to God. Do we want to spend our days offering God something that costs us nothing?
For to this end we toil and strive,
because we have our hope set on the Living God, who is the Savior
of all people, especially of those who believe.
1 Timothy 4:10
Our hope rests firmly upon a Living God who knows us better than we know ourselves—who sees the potential within us to tackle all the hard work through to completion. And yet, He doesn’t ask us to walk forward alone. That would be too hard.
I don’t know what your “hard” is. Perhaps it’s a battle to overcome or a fear to conquer, a dream to pursue or maybe one to let go of. It could be babies to raise or a marriage to mend. Maybe all you know right now is that the road ahead just looks flat-out H-A-R-D.
By all equations, your peace may feel delayed. But be assured, your present work is no less worthy of pursuit. There is no such thing as perfect peace apart from a perfect Savior. He rallies at our side as we embrace that which He has called us too—especially when it’s hard.
Our calling isn’t to easy, it’s to eternity. (Tweet that)
Fight the good fight for the true faith.
Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you.
1 Timothy 6:12
The battle for true faith is rarely warm and fuzzy. While your fight is not easy, it is good. The reward is the promise of peace to come; the promise of peace forever.
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