Why You Have to Put in the Dirty Work
I love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, you name it - I'm a fan. But there are parts that I don't love.
I don't enjoy - and would venture to say - that I hate summers in the south. I am a mosquito magnet. I don't really like getting sand/dirt in my shoes or in between my toes or my teeth (ew). I'm also kind of a wimp when it comes to the cold/wind - I always blame the wind but really truthfully it's probably just the cold. And to top it all off I am deathly afraid of frogs that just so happen to unfortunately live in just about any environment you can think of.
Why, God. Why frogs.
But despite these seemingly non-outdoorsy tendencies, I do - if you can believe it - still love the outdoors.
The outdoors are just incredible. Nature is one of the few things that provides us all with a universal proof of our great and awesome and creative and magnificent God! (Romans 1:20)
But in order to enjoy them, we do have to get a little dirty. We have to put in some work.
We have to climb the treacherous hikes, navigate the strongest streams, cope with the relentless elements, and face some of our greatest fears if we really want to see some of God's most magnificent work.
And this goes for our time in both the outdoors, and the indoors.
So many times people equate becoming a Christian or being "blessed" or trusting Christ to an easy and comfortable lifestyle.
A life without any real effort or work behind it.
But this could not be further from the truth.
The true Christian life requires sacrifice, servanthood, perseverance, and selflessness. Jesus flat out says "you will face trouble!" But He still asks us to pick up our cross and follow Him.
He says, it's gonna be hot, it's gonna be dirty, you're going to have to go against what makes you comfortable, and this world may not like you too much, but the views are going to be incredible. Heaven is going to be amazing. And your joy will be eternal.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Christians should strive to live in poverty or force themselves into hopelessly dangerous or deadly situations in an effort to live for Christ (though some have felt called to live with little or to go into lands of turmoil).
All I'm saying is, if we want to truly walk with Christ, and truly experience joy, we need to take a look into our lives and see if we are filling them more with the things of this world that provide us comfort and temporary pleasure? Or are we filling them with the eternal things of Christ - the things that make this life purposeful and not just treasure filled.