The Harder, The Better

I have always been one to take the easy road. I do not like to work hard. Of course, I have worked hard, but doing it on my own has not come easy. I mean, I know we all struggle with discipline, but that is just not something I do well on my own.

A while back, I read Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker.  One thing that made an impact on me was, “The Harder, The Better.” He talked about he hike he took along the Inca Trail to reach Machu Pichu. Over 30 miles and four days later, but there was so much reward in seeing the journey the way the Inca’s did. Many blessings in the journey!

You have heard it before, “it is not about the destination, but about the journey.”

I have a sign that hangs above my desk, “MAKE IT HAPPEN!” I have had that sign hanging there for 10+ years. I have taken it with me from job to job. I have always prided myself on being a Make it Happen kind of guy. The truth is I have never really applied myself in a way that requires me to take the road that is hard.

There is always enough opportunity around to Make it Happen!

What would it look like if I applied myself in a way that was Harder? Is it really better?

We live in a time when we want it all NOW. Twitter, Facebook, K-Cups, …. What if we were a little more patient with each other focused on the big picture instead of the immediate?

Is there a worry among leadership that if their organizations do not see results right away, maybe their people are lazy?

It is a great reminder that only God can bring the increase or the rain, or He is the only one who really knows our purpose. We just need to be ready.

Harder is better….