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Doing hard things

Tim Walker
Tim Walker Monday September 14, 2009
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I love comfort. I wear jeans and a t-shirt to work every day. I like to eat things that taste good, but may not be good for me. I like to sit on a comfy chair or bed to read or watch TV.

But lately God has been pushing me. You see, I also like comfort spiritually. I like to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. But God has been prompting me in many areas of my life to quit seeing comfort and to seek Him. And there’s one phrase that He keeps bringing to my mind—do hard things.

I know there’s a whole youth movement out there based on that statement, but what God has been speaking to me is more personal. He wants me to do hard things. He wants to move me beyond comfort. I recently walked/ran my first 5K. I’m also trying to eat better. And I’m trying to find better ways to interact with my wife and kids. I’m focusing on more application in my spiritual life, instead of just information.

God wants me to do hard things. (Just read the book of James.) Not because He’s sadistic, but because when I do hard things, I grow.

What about you? What hard things are you avoiding that keep you—or your ministryfrom growing?

Tim Walker is the managing editor for parent curriculum at Orange. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 20 years and has three sons, including a pair of twins.