The EASY Button

My daughter is trying to housebreak a 4-month-old Labrador.  As much as she’d like to push the EASY button and have it done with, it’s going to be a long haul; she’ll need to be diligent, perseverant, and consistent.

Most of us have the propensity to want an EASY Button. Many tasks in life are started, only to be abandoned after a time—once we discover the commitment required.  I, myself, have many such bail-outs to my record:  I took 2½ years of college, 3 years of violin, 4 years of Spanish, and 1 year of Gregg shorthand.  It is evident that none of these things really rang my chimes enough to go the distance. Like the song says, “You Gotta Have a Want To.”

I will say there have been things I’ve stuck with (by God’s infinite grace): Bible study, our marriage, our daughters, getting straight and sober, homeschooling, my employment, and other commitments.

But by the same token, I have lost weight and gained it back too many times to count, I have learned how to cook from scratch but almost never do, and—after nearly 20 years—my home is still a work in progress.  I guess I’ve been waiting for that elusive EASY Button.

Even in my sanctification from the world, I have often settled for partial victories.  Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  But I can only enjoy that comfortable yoke when I am underneath the Lord’s bridle of responsibility and wisdom—diligently learning from His Word.

Yes, I have begun to learn what it takes to hang in there. I know there are some things for which there is definitely NOT an EASY Button; things like climbing a mountain, learning Hebrew, or cleaning an oil spill.  I’ve got brains enough not to even embark on such things.  But maybe it would behoove me, a few times before I die, to bite off more than I can chew.

If it’s good enough for the Labrador, it’s good enough for me.

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2 Responses to The EASY Button

  1. Tamz says:

    I think “If it’s good enough for the Labrador, it’s good enough for me” could be your new “What IS this, Tuesday at Noon?”

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