“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
M. Scott Peck
The Road Less Traveled
I'm not buying this quote. Life is difficult. Period. Knowing it is difficult is no help at all. Knowing life is difficult does not comfort me when I can't sleep worrying about one of my kids or money or how we'll ever get everything done. Knowing life is difficult does not soothe my grief over lost loved ones or stupid comments I made. Knowing life is difficult does not help me deal with a struggling child or looming deadline. It does not provide the wisdom or inspiration necessary to comfort a friend. Knowing life is difficult accomplishes one purpose.
It establishes my need for an all-powerful, all-knowing, merciful, loving God.
Jesus said,"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
He said, "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
He tells me, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Only in my reliance in Jesus and His Word am I soothed and comforted. Only in Him do I find strength and motivation for each day.
Knowing life is difficult means nothing.
Knowing Jesus Christ is everything.
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