Sunday, October 19, 2008

Being Wise about Hard Things

If you haven't already read The Rebelution's post Do Hard Things, Say No you should go over and read it right now! It's a great reminder that we should be wise in the "hard things" that we do.

There are many very hard things that aren't necessarily things that are profitable or wise for us to do, and it's important to make the distinction between what we should do because it's a good thing, and what we should not do, even though it would be very hard for us. We must remember that the whole reason we should "Do Hard Things" is for God's glory, not our own. In Scripture, wisdom is stressed over and over, and it's things we should apply to all of life, including the "hard things" that we do.

Sometimes it can be harder to do the seemingly easy things that we would be wise in doing. For example, I get headaches somewhat easily and frequently. They often come from a change of schedule, when I don't get enough sleep, miss a meal or eat later than usual, eat too much sugar, adjust to a new routine, etc. I thrive on routine, and when I stay on a consistent schedule, I often don't get many headaches. There are sometimes things beyond my control that cause me to stay up late or eat later, but often it happens because of choices that I make. Going to late-night work calls is something that is definitely hard, by sacrificing sleep to help build the set in time for the show. However, it's not something that is very wise for me to do. I may be helping others and accomplishing something good, but if as a result I get a headache and am very sleepy the next day, it would result in me not learning as much in class, and being slower at everything I help with the next day. Sometimes it's inconvenient to take care of my body, and wouldn't it be "harder" to miss a meal when I'm busy doing something important? No, for if I get a headache as a result of it, I do not function as well, and the time taken out to eat is more than worth the time later spent sluggishly trying to concentrate with a pounding head, and therefore not getting much done as a result.

Of course, it's all too easy to use the above as excuses for not doing true "hard things," so we have to constantly be discerning of what is wise for us to do. It will be different for each person, so don't feel guilty if your "hard thing" may be not doing what is another person's "hard thing." In it all, we should follow God's leading, and be sensitive to what He is calling us to do.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." - James 1:5

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Anna. I read that just a few days ago, and it is good to read your thoughts too.