Nothing of great value or worth comes easy.

These things that we care about, value – those things that have true worth – don’t come easily.  A fulfilling life, a great marriage, an effective ministry, Financial Peace, rest, freedom – all extremely valuable.

None of these things really arrive without striving, working, struggle.  You don’t get a great family by zoning out in front of the TV or your iDevice.  You don’t get (and stay) healthy by doing the default – eating whatever you want and never exercising.  Effective ministry doesn’t really happen without prayer, strategy, sacrifice, and lots of hard work.  You don’t gain Financial Peace by living like a rock star on a janitor’s income.

Those things take work.  We work for these valuable things because we know they’re valuable and have great worth.  But paradoxically, we understand the worth of these things by the work undertaken to obtain them.

I think Thomas Paine said it best:

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.  Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods…” [emphasis added]

So next time you struggle, the next time you have to strive and fight for something, or to go against everything that you would rather be doing right now, remember what you’re working for and fighting for.

If it’s of great worth, keep working hard and striving.  If it’s not, for goodness’ sakes stop, and find something that is.  

Question: What is the valuable thing that you are working for and striving for right now?