The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave in, it rouses us up to overcome. Do we so appreciate the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that we are our utmost for His highest?
Thank God He does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a glad thing, but it is also a heroic, holy thing. It tests us for all we are worth. Jesus is bringing many "sons" unto glory, and God will not shield us from the requirements of a son. God's grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milk-sops.
From My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers
I love those words, "gloriously difficult"! Many Christians think that God just wants them to be happy and to lead an easy, uneventful life. I don't believe that's the case and wouldn't want it that way if it were.