From the movie "A League of Their Own"
-Gina Davis "It just got too hard"
-Tom Hanks "It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy everyone would do it. The "hard" is what makes it great."
This is one of my favorite lines from this movie.
From time to time I hear a line from a movie and it makes me think of my relationship with God. This quote in particular stands out for me as a really good way of looking at difficult times in our life.
One of the things that I learned early on when I became a believer was that it wasn't "if" I would have times, it was "when." Sounds like bad news right? Almost like we're just sitting around waiting for that "other shoe" to drop.
The good news is that, just like the quote above. It is the bad things that we go through that make the being a child of God worthwhile.
Many times we go through something difficult and come out the other side having learned something, or been blessed by someone, or have a new perspective of God or we've been changed in someway. That is the whole purpose of those difficult times. Jesus said "In this world you will have tribulation.....take heart, I have overcome the world" (forgive me, I'm not good at quoting scripture)
See, we will have hard times, we will have trouble, we will struggle.
But Jesus overcame and so can we.
No matter how difficult it may seem, eventually we will see the end result. And even if we don't, we know it's there hidden for what ever reason, to be revealed at some later date or time.
Gena Davis didn't think it was worth it. She wanted to go back to life before playing baseball. Baseball had complicating things in her life. Sometimes being a believer complicates our lives to.
Giving up, is never an option.
We must continue to go forward even if we have to crawl, in order to get to the other side. After, then and only then, will we be able to look back and say it was worth it. We will be able to give God the glory he deserves.
And that, is where the blessing comes in. Being able to stand in awe at what we were able to accomplish, and then not take the credit ourselves. To give it all to God. In that instant we are able to forget about how difficult it was and focus on the blessing.
In other words, the hard is what makes it great.