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Easy Is a Lie

Yesterday, I wrote a poem about hiding from God. It’s just not possible, and it got me thinking about other lies we tell ourselves. I think often, when we see someone is ahead of us in an area or appears to have mastered something, we assume it just comes easier to them. runningI work out, try to eat healthy, and try to stay active, but still people tell me, “It must be nice not to have to worry about calories or anything.” Truth is, I had to make some tough decisions where my health is concerned and it’s not always easy. I’ve have gotten to a place where I enjoy running and miss it when I don’t get to do it, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to prioritize. You look at someone’s marriage who seems happier than you. The couple seems more engaged, more comfortable with each other, more in love. You can begin to think, “It’s so easy for them. They’re so lucky to be so compatible. I wish my marriage were like that.”

It’s never easy.

Easy is a lie you tell yourself when you want to give up or stop trying. Whether your health, your marriage, your family, your business, your church family, or any number of things–this world is not set up for easy. There are practical and spiritual realities that make our lives operate effectively. It’s not that some are born with the marriage gene and some are not. It’s not that you don’t have the gift to learn that material or that instrument or whatever. It’s not that finances and money just aren’t your thing.

You need to do the hard work.

I do know some things come more naturally to some than others, but that may have more to do with where your passion lies than how easy it is. It really begins with decisions. You have decide what your priorities are then prove it by how you act and react to situations in life. It’s not important until you prove it’s important with your time, resources, finances, etc. And before that, it begins with a complete and humble realization that you can’t do it on your own. You hear the voice of the Savior saying,

“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 11-29-30

Easy remains a lie as long as you think it’s all beyond you. Easy becomes the truth when you come alongside Jesus and learn to share the load and burden to master whatever He’s bringing you into. It’s a different spin on “easy,” beginning to realize there is no such thing as cheap or easy grace.

What are your thoughts? Are you guilty like I am of thinking others have it easier? Have you ever used “that doesn’t come easy to me” as an excuse to quit or not try?


  1. Guilty as charged. I used to do that when it came to ministry. “How come???” I used to do that when I would compare marriages. I finally realized it was only causing me more pain and dissatisfaction. So I stopped. Life is much better.
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    • I think that’s the enemy’s strategy. If he can get us to believe we weren’t built for something or that it’s just too hard or out of reach, the pain begins to overwhelm us. It’s sad--comparison is a killer. Glad you stopped, Bill! Thank you.

  2. I agree that it’s never easy, but we can make choices that will help simplify our lives. I push too hard and get stuck in ruts, but when I get back to basics it takes a little pressure off.

    • That’s my point exactly. My relationship with my wife is strong and has come to the place of “easier” if not easy. I don’t take that for granted, I have to continue making the choices and following the God who got me there. We get there and then we have to maintain and move forward. Good thoughts, Dan. Thanks so much.

  3. Great truth! It’s in our nature to want to do what is easy, and avoid what is not. The source of this lie . . . if they do it, it must be easy for them. I’ve had to watch my weight since my early teens, and consistently have people say to me, “I wish I were just naturally thin like you.” And I want to believe disciplined exercisers do it because they love it. Thanks for reminding me that it’s all about hard work that is showered with grace.
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    • Yes! And I truly believe if we are experiencing grace, there is an enabling to do the work. All we need is a hearing ear and a heart to respond. He is so gracious with us every step of the way! Thank you, Deb.

  4. I think we all fall in this trap. I know I have. It takes renewing my mind in Christ to move me out of that trap.

    • Forgive the pun, but it’s so “easy” to fall into this trap. It’s the way the world thinks, but like you said, we get the privilege of allowing Him to renew our minds and receive the mind of Christ. Thanks TC.

  5. It’s a different spin on “easy,” beginning to realize there is no such thing as cheap or easy grace. Powerful statement Jason and one I think needs to be said more often. When new believers start their walk with the Lord they need to be taught their baggage came with them into salvation. It must be dealt with, usually more then once. It cost our God everything to redeem us, God does nothing in a cheap or easy way and He is God. Good post brother.

    • I’m with you, Betty. It was all dealt with at the cross, but He gives us grace and insight to deal with it ourselves and overcome. I find there are things I wasn’t ready to deal with at other times that He reveals and allows me to deal with now. It’s His timing, not ours; and we can trust Him. He is faithful! Thank you, Betty.

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