Someone once noted:
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”
That’s true. God’s best will usually not be the easiest assignment. For example, a few years ago I was invited to speak for a convention in Honolulu. They bought my wife and I a nice hotel room, provided our meals and even paid me for coming. I told my friends it was a tough job but someone had to do it.
A few months later, I spoke for a home school convention in a developing country. I stayed with a missionary in a cottage with no electricity and spent much of my time hauling water up a steep mountain. But we saw many people encouraged in the things of God.
Today, reflecting on that second trip gives me a greater sense of fulfillment, because in the end, it’s usually the more difficult assignment that best redeems the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.