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.