As I walked out of the school after dropping my youngest daughter off for her first day, something occurred to me. Kindergarten is the start of something new and exciting, a brand new chapter in the life of a child. There is so much to experience ahead- some very exciting things, while others a bit scary. Our precious children can never understand what lies ahead and how each choice they make will shape their future. The first day is all fun and no work. It seems as though this “school thing” is going to be a piece of cake and a chance to meet many new friends. As the days and years pass, they realize that it isn’t all fun and that some of the friends they were so excited about don’t always treat them as they once did. Things get more complicated with time and they find themselves exhausted by the effort that some days require. They think, “It sure was much easier when we just began.”
It occurred to me that our experiences in our walk with Jesus starts out much like Kindergarten. When we first make the decision to ask Jesus into our heart, it is the happiest day of our life! We are so excited to see what He has in store for us. It is easy to think that our lives will be full of happiness and no sorrow will come our way. As time goes on, unpleasant circumstances show up in our lives. Some of our friends may have disappeared from our lives because they don’t understand us; others aren’t there for us in our times of difficulty. Things seem to get more complicated as we move against the grain of our society and it is exhausting. We think, “It sure was much easier when we just began.”
Have you been there? Maybe you are there today. Stay focused and hold tight, there is reward! One day, our children will joyously walk across that stage with their cap and gown, rewarded for their dedication and perseverance. Likewise, we will stand before God and hear the long, awaited words – “Well done, good and faithful servant!..” – Matthew 25:21
Keep your eyes on the reward and not the difficulty of the circumstances you find yourself in along the way.
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” – Ephesians 1:18-19