Confession 2: Sometimes I know what’s good but I prefer to do what’s easy.
It’s good to go the speed limit. It’s easy to speed a little.
It’s good to make a healthy choice. It’s easy to grab junk.
It’s good to work out. It’s easy to sleep in.
It’s good to read my Bible. It’s easy to check my phone for texts and emails first.
It’s good to think about others. It’s easy to think about myself.
Several years ago I had a friend who decided to leave her husband for another man. Things were easier with this other man. The feelings were giddy. The fights were few. And they didn’t have years of issues that needed to be dealt with.
So she went with what felt easy over what was good. She divorced. She remarried. She started over with what seemed so much easier.
After all, she’d been slipping into the pattern of easy for years. When we set our heart on the pattern of choosing easy over good in the little things, we run the risk of using the same justifications with the bigger things.
I’m not saying if I don’t read my Bible today, I’m headed for divorce court tomorrow. But setting a pattern of choosing easy over good in my life is a slippery slope.
Easy isn’t the new good.
Just because the world waves a big banner that we deserve easy… do what feels easy… why stress yourself when there’s an easier way… doesn’t mean it’s good.
Eventually, my friend didn’t feel like her new man was so easy. The feelings weren’t so giddy. The fights were many. And over the years they too developed a whole host of issues.
One day she came home and her second husband was gone. He found it easy to leave.
Like the old cliché says, “Easy come, easy go.”
I think about this and I’m challenged. Where are little compromises sneaking into my life? Where am I establishing a pattern of choosing what is easy over what is good? And does it really matter?
I think it does.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
What do you think? What “good” choice do you want to make today?