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Easy does it, well not really

September 6, 2011 1 Comment

Easy does not change the world. Easy does not make life better for those who are hurting – or for ourselves for that matter.” – John D. Barry, Bible Study Magazine, July & August 2011 p. 20

Is making a difference really difficult? How often do we try and come up with new an inventive ways to make our life easier? People often work 30+ years with the hope of retiring and taking it easy. At the sunset of our lives do we really want to look back and say, “Well that was easy?”

Probably the main reason this quote caught my attention, is that for years I have worked hard to find the easy way. (Ironic huh?)

Photo Courtesy of Odalaigh (Creative Commons)

It appears that  I have changed over the years. If you are like me, you have a deep desire to accomplish something great, to really make a positive difference in yourself and the lives of those around you. And I am sure you are often bored and quickly lose interest in easy.

In our unstable economy easy will not get you very far. Now is the best time to take on the hard task. Step up to the challenge and take the risk to do something great for yourself and others.

I love this quote from the book Linchpin by Seth Godin. , “If there is not the possibility of failure it is not worth doing.”

Perhaps I may be going through some sort of mid-life crisis, but I have a desire to walk way out on a limb and put in all the extra effort to make something happen.  I am tired of hearing, “well, that is just the way it is.” I may fall flat on my face, but I just might succeed. The rewards of success are more than worth the potential cost of failure.

As I challenge myself, I would like to challenge you. Quit looking for the easy way out. Easy will not change the world. In fact, easy will not even change you.

You are worth so much more than easy.

  1.  What are the big goals you have put off for a long time? (Start your own business, plant a church, write a book, start a charity etc.)
  2. What is the one next step  you can take today to start the hard (but rewarding) journey to make it a reality?

Today is the perfect day to start!!

About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story.

I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.