I have found that most of the time in life - the way to success comes through the difficult path - whether it be success at home, at the job, or in our walk with Christ.
Each day brings it own challenges, its own "crossroads."
Am I going to take the "easy path" or am I going to take the "hard path".
Am I going to do the easy thing or the hard thing?
Jesus said that it is as we die - we live. As we give - we receive.
Truly, the path to fulfilling our purpose in life is, as Scott Peck once wrote - "The Road Less Traveled."
I believe that I am speaking to someone today who has put off confronting someone they love with the truth. I believe that I am speaking today to someone who has put off dealing with an addiction.
I believe that I am speaking to someone today who has put off going to the doctor. I believe that I am speaking today to someone who continues to put off making a difficult decision. I believe that I am speaking today to someone who has put off dealing with a relational conflict.
Ironically enough, the longer I take the easy path - the worse the situation will become.
Wars are fought continually because good people refuse to do the right thing - and let evil triumph so to speak.
In the early part of my ministry, John Stott was a spiritual hero of mine (through his books). A brilliant theologian with a pastor's heart.
His last bit of advice to his assistant before he died in 2011 was simply this: "Do the hard thing."
Do the hard thing.
Dr. Stott believed that choosing the easy trail, the road most taken, and the path of least resistance can only end in mediocrity - even if it comes with praise.
Just a thought for a Tuesday.