Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV)
I remember one time when I was a redevelopment pastor in New Orleans, dreaming with some folks about God’s Vision for the church. Someone had a huge idea—one that would require a significant amount of time, resources, volunteers, advertising, support from local businesses, etc. And as she shared her idea, others began to shake their heads and murmur among themselves… “It’ll never work…,” “It’s too big an endeavor…,” “It’ll be too hard…,” etc.
And I remember getting frustrated by the limitations these folks were placing on us and on God’s church. It made me wonder: Do these people tell their children, “Learning to play baseball is too hard. You will have to learn and practice and play games, and be yelled at by the coach. You’ll make mistakes. So, just don’t even try…”? Do these people tell themselves, “College is too hard. It’s too expensive, I’ll probably fail, and I won’t find a good job after I graduate. So, I’m just not going to go”?
Of course not! In fact, just the opposite. Good parents teach their children that playing sports (or learning a musical instrument, or learning how to write or color or draw) can be fun and rewarding, but it won’t always be easy. College will prepare you for adulthood and vocation, but chances are it will not be an easy experience.
I think it’s a copout for churches and church leaders to say that something is too hard, and that’s why we shouldn’t do it. Difficulty should be measured, but it should not be the determining factor for whether we do the work that God is calling us to do.
So let’s not let the fear of something being hard keep us from daring to following Jesus, wherever he might lead us!
Just a thought!
+pax et bonum