The Necessity of Pain and Difficulty

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I keep writing and learning as often as I could because I don’t want to be dulled by the ordinary existence. 

I fix and improve anything that needs fixing and improving at work and at home to keep my brain working and the doldrums away.

I regularly do a fast five-kilometer run every three days to keep me physically and mentally able. 

I enjoy doing somewhat difficult work that others may try to avoid.

I do these, because…. No one grows and gets transformed leading an easy life. This is a fact no one can refute.

Just imagine if you were born very rich. You have everything you need and can have everything else you want. In fact, you don’t have to work. Why work? You have already piles of money. Working is basically for earning money, right? You work so you can buy food, pay bills, pay for education, etc.

You also don’t have to go to school, or college, or get skills training. Education is for getting a job, right? Why would you need a job? You already have a lot of money.

This is the easy life. There is nothing to aspire for, or work for. There is nothing to be concerned of, or worry about. Everything is taken care of.

You can just eat, play, and then, sleep. You can travel the world, go to parties and concerts, go shopping everyday, eat out everyday, frequent the casinos, etc. 

After years of doing this, you might say to yourself that it’s tiring, and boring.Why? It’s because there is no struggle, no stimulus, and no challenge. Emptiness could set in and you could do many things to fill the void. That may include indulgence in food, alcohol, parties, drugs, or even sex orgies.

Andrew Matthews, a bestselling author, said “That’s why so many children of the rich and famous overdose on heroin and blow their brains out. They have no challenge. Whether they work or not, their materials needs are met”. There are those who resort to crimes, or at endpoint, suicides.

The easy life does not bring out your inner powers, your capabilities, and your innate intelligence. It blunts them.These things come out only when there are tasks, projects, and problems to solve. They come out when there are necessities to be taken care of.

When God calls you, He doesn’t say, “Pssst…come here.” He gives you hard life, even on the outset. He could let you stumble and fall at your own faults, and then take the opportunity. He could let you have a serious accident, a cancer, or a financial failure, etc. He does not minimize the difficulties because they can be good for you. These are all to create an atmosphere of helplessness, and so therefore the need for Him.

The Psalmist David said:

“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts…(Ps. 65.4 KJV)”.  

The Lord uses difficulties and problems as tools to make us realize, grow, and ultimately be transformed into something much, much better, even if it takes many years.

Besides, if He lets you wallow in comfort, luxury, pleasure, and indulgence, that may mean you have a big problem. Why? You’re probably not His. The Lord chastens His.

“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons”. (Heb. 12.8)

So be thankful if unpleasant things come your way. They could be for correction and direction, hence for your development and perfection.

King Solomon advised:

  • “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better”,
  •  “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth”. (Ec. 7.3-4)

I have fully realized the purpose of, and appreciated all the pains and difficulties I have gone through, whether of my fault or not, because I know now they were for my good. 

ref: (Heb. 12.8-11)

 

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