Life is stressful. Sometimes more than other times. It is frustrating when things do not go how it seems they should. The demands on our time and energy seem unending. The weight of responsibilities and burdens (even good ones) add up. With all these things constantly picking at us, we can easily come to the conclusion that life is hard.
Let us consider, though, if life were easy. Would we be happy? Sure! Without a care in the world, we would never be tempted to complain, or to be discontented in this life. But comfort can easily lead to complacency. And that is a dangerous place to be. More on that another time.
When we struggle, though, for what purpose? Why not simply give up? Withdraw from the things that stress us? For us as Christians, there is one driving incentive which pushes us to persevere. It is the Gospel of Christ. We continue in this life, despite the difficulties, that we may bring hope to others for the next.
St. Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians, “I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:23 ESV) It would be so easy to never push ourselves from our comfort zones, to not care about other people, to never put ourselves out in the open for our faith to be seen. But then no one will see the hope in which we live, the Gospel which we can share. We who have struggles in this world persevere in hope that others might be touched by the love of Christ and His saving grace.
How do your particular struggles help further the kingdom of God?
Dear Lord, help us to see Your grace in our struggles. Give us strength that only You can impart, that we may persevere to the glory of Your name and the salvation of those around us. Amen.