It’s Not Supposed to be Easy

I’ve recently interviewed for a different job—one that would involve more of a drive. It’s been an stressful time for me, weighing pros and cons to try to decide what’s best for my family. And it has brought up a lot of the issues we address in Yellow (aka We Can Work it Out).

If I were to follow the advice of most Christian books and movies on the subject, the decision would be easy. The extra hour of travel every day would mean it’s more time I couldn’t spend at home, so I should turn it down—in fact, I’m probably in the wrong for even considering it.

If I listen to industry experts or analyze my career trajectory, it’s likewise a no-brainer. The position would be more money, and it would mean more influence in my field.

But life isn’t that simple, is it? There are many more factors involved. If I view my time as belonging to my family but bought by my employer, don’t I owe it to them to get the highest price for their time? And how about how my work environment affects my demeanor at home at night? At what price it it worth giving up more time? These, and a myriad of other questions, are what’s keeping me up at night these days.

If God had meant for these things to be easy, He could have given us a detailed list of instructions on how to handle every situation that comes up. And it is certainly true that there is a lot of general wisdom in the Bible that can be applied to the situations in our lives. But He didn’t choose to make it specific like that. He wanted things to be hard. Hard enough that we need to rely on the Holy Spirit. He never promised the best life would be easy, but easy things aren’t worth doing. Let’s stop pretending they can be, even if it does sell books and movies.