The other day I started reading a new book and was struck by a quote on one of the first pages:
“Strive to choose, not that which is easiest, but that which is most difficult. Do not deprive your soul of the agility which it needs to mount up to Him.” -Saint John of the Cross
Wow. What a great reminder that there are benefits we reap in walking through difficult things. We grow when we intentionally choose not to take the easy way out of something.
This can be so hard to do, as I think it is our natural tendency to seek the easiest, most comfortable way out of things. But our souls reap great benefits when we choose to take the more difficult route.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
In Joyful Surrender,
(ps-I forgot to include the source of the original recipe that we shared on Sunday, “Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Walnuts”!! It is from http://mealmakeovermoms.com)