When God Calls You to the Hard Stuff

And no I don’t mean Fireball Whisky…
…although…
Just kidding.  Well, not entirely.
I’ve said it once and I’m sure I’ll say it again.
But life is hard.
People are hard.
And I don’t think it is a coincidence that God called us to love people.
He doesn’t want us to live in a bubble or off by ourselves to do life alone.
What fun would be in that?!
Just think of all the Facebook drama you’d miss out on!!
Do you have someone in your life that you love, but you don’t really like?
Yeah, me too.
I’ll be honest, there are some people that I just don’t like.
God bless ’em.
They haven’t necessarily done anything; they haven’t wronged me and I don’t hold any grudges against them…
I just don’t like ’em.
Maybe they are too “all up in my biz” or they are busybody, pot stirrers, or just love the drama a little bit too much for my liking.
But when I see them I just about roll my eyes out of my head.
eye-roll

Now hear me out.  On the flip side of that, I’m positive there are people who don’t like me.
And I’m finally to the place where I am really okay with that.
I think  know God calls us to the hard stuff because He knows that it’s good for us.
We may not like it, but it’s necessary.
Just recently I told Reagan to do something to which he replied, “I don’t like that!”
I said, “Well son, you know what’s great?!  That’s completely irrelevant!  You don’t have to like it!  But you have to do it!”
I honestly turned around in that moment and looked for my mother….
Maybe your “hard stuff” is a job that you necessarily don’t like, but is meeting your needs.
Or maybe it’s a family member or neighbor or co-worker whom you love (because you have to BLESS GOD), but don’t like at all.
Or maybe it’s forgiveness that needs to be handed out.
My “hard stuff” won’t look like yours because we are all dealing with different things.
But one thing that is the same is the “why” behind it.
Jesus tells us in James
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Consider it pure joy (insert eye roll)
Whenever you face trials of many kinds (stomps feet, slouches shoulders and whines “buuuuttt I don’t waaaaannnnaaaa!”)
Because YOU KNOW that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (ugh)
AND let it finish it’s work so you will be mature and complete (psht…whatever)
not lacking ANYthing.  (FINE)

I think we are all really middle schoolers when it comes to the hard stuff.
Can I just say 8th grade Math?
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What contest in Hell did I win to get to do 8th grade Math homework with my son?
Anyway.
Eye rolling and major attitude aside, CLEARLY God has the hard stuff for us because He wants to refine us.
He wants us mature (Ha!  The irony!) and complete, not lacking anything.
Why?
Because He is the giver of ALL good things, He has only the best in mind for us.
If I spend all of my time rolling my eyes at the person I would rather eat glass than be around, then I’m not keeping my eyes focused on Him.
Do I like it that God is calling me to?
No.
Did He promise that we always would?
No.
Does He know best?
Of course.
Ugh.
He reminds me that He’s not pushing me to be uncomfortable for the benefit of the person or things I don’t like; but for mine.
Let’s promise each other that when face to face with our “hard stuff” that we won’t roll our eyes and cross our arms to God.
Instead let’s close our eyes in trust, pull up our big girl panties and open our arms to the good things He has for us.
Because Father really does know best.
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