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Choose Your Hard, Choose Your Easy

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Matthew 11:28-30

Today I have an addendum to the first obstacle regarding the difficulties of the narrow road: you have to choose your hard and choose your easy. Jesus told us that when you follow Him, the burden you have is light, but it is still a burden, isn’t it? The above scripture says, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” He also mentions we should take up our cross, and follow Him. That sounds like a paradox to me. Which of those is it? Is it an easy yoke and a light burden that you carry or is it a hard cross that you bear? The answer to this is that both are true.

An employee compared this subject to a phrase used on the internet: Choose your hard. I paraphrase this according to an unknown poet, “Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Being obese is hard. Being fit is hard. Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard.” 

Friend, the easy option, however, is also worth considering. You just need to do a little more than you do every day to achieve the life you want. The Bible can be read in five minutes a day easily. If someone is hurting, it’s easy to pray for them. When you’re lying in bed, it’s easy to reflect on how your day went. It’s easy to treat people decently or attend church on Sunday. Choose your hard and choose your easy with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer


Father, whether I choose hard or I choose easy, assist me in making wise decisions.

Reflection


How can you make your success a reality? Are you able to do a little more everyday?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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6 Responses

  1. I enjoy your daily devotion. It gives me encouragement and hope. Four years ago I had an unfortunate accident and was left partially paralyzed for life. My faith in God got me through the last four years and I look forward to your words of comfort. Thank you for helping me face each new day.

  2. Sometimes I choose “hard” because it is seems right……other times I chose easy because it FEELS best. Either way I seek God’s righteous hand to help me thru….to lead me, guide me and show me the way. And He ALWAYS does.
    I believe, when it is hard, that there is a lesson that God has chosen for me….and I am willing to learn it.

  3. Thanks for true and encouraging words. For the last few days on the GulfCoast (Gulfport Ms) the weather was heavy with flog, overcast and rain. I felt the pressure in my body and felt weary. But I made a decision to press back against the heaviness and did a prayer and praise walk. The weather didn’t change, but I did. The heaviness lifted as I prayed, praise, sung, laugh, and spoke to my neighbor with a smile. It was hard, but it became easy.

  4. Everything is hard if you think it’s hard, but if you think it’s easy, it is. It depends on our point of view, because how we look at it, is how we see it? So if we think it’s to hard, and think I cannot do that, we will not do it. Before making that choice, choose to at least try to do it, because you might find out that it’s easier then you think? One day walking into work I slipped on black ice, with both hands in my pocket, as a natural defense I fell on my side instead of my back, so I didn’t hit my head, but I hairline fractured one of my ribs. Knowing that I still had to go to work and do my job, because nobody else could being short handed at work as to say, I could have thought how can I do my job now after this happening? However, as hard as it was, I choose to go in and tell them instead of phoning my boss, telling him I can’t work today. It was not easy, but it got easier, because I tried, I was able to do my job nevertheless! God never puts anything on our journey through life, that we cannot handle. But the devil is always trying to trip us along the way! But we have a choice to choose, on giving up, or moving on, because The Lord is always with us as He said, He will never leave us no matter whatever we face, it will never be alone! Having Faith is like a weapon against all odds Thanks be to God The Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit. Amen.

  5. Dear Pastor Bobby,
    I am always hopeful or righteously admonished by God’s Word presented by your daily devotion messages.
    They always seem to hit home on much of what I might or am currently battling in fear or worry for loved ones’ present ills and challenges …… even my own failings at following the Holy Spirit within me’s promptings or guidance in my forward journey in choosing the more difficult ‘narrow-road’ set for me by our Lord Jesus Christ. I beg Your and the Hour Of Power Congregation’s prayers of healing of invasive Cancer(s) and survival of Sepsis complication of recent brittle-broken bone surgery of, and by, my younger brother Jim (James A. Oliveri). As he is in Eau Claire, WI, and with Mayo Clinic’s caring hospital team and me being here in NM, not feeling able to drop present obligations and go to him right now, I petition all I can to add to my prayers for the Lord’s Intersessions and Miraculous Possibilities. Thank You for your & God’s Presence

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