Do you know of anyone who is actively praying for hard times to come upon them? If so, do you feel sorry for them? Do you feel they are a few bricks short of a load?
C.S. Lewis put it this way, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
Of course the Oxford Don is not alone in this assertion, for the history of the world is mostly the story of men, women and nations that overcome horrible hardship to go on to victory. Blood, sweat, toil, and tears are the hallmark of triumphant people or groups of people.
On May 13, 1940, as the Battle of Britain raged over England, Winston Churchill said to the newly formed Parliament, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." The hardship endured by the British people, and later her allies, prepared the Free World for the enormous task of rebuilding Western Civilization after it was ravaged so savagely by the forces represented by Adolf Hitler.
It’s easy to identify a con by the promise of flowery beds of ease, as compared to the reality of blood, toil, sweat and tears, put forth not only by Churchill, but by all honest leaders, in times of trouble. Jesus Christ promised pretty much the same to all who move from mere Christians to outright disciples, a path of deprivation, ridicule, even death. Yes, this choice brings hardship, but also victory.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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