Over the past weeks, I've heard many statements followed by it's so hard. Each time I've heard it, I've thought of a conversation I had with my dad. It was about the difficulty of following God, and the pain of working through a tough situation.

In some context or another, I said, "I know it's good, but it's so hard." He looked at me, thought for a moment, and said, "Yes. Some things that happen in life seem too hard. We daily go against a grinding, never-ending, crushing force that desires to conquer us. It's not easy.

But nothing that's good ever comes easy."

And it's true. Sometimes life is so hard, we want to curl up and die. Sometimes our hearts are torn in two, our spirits crushed, our feelings so brutally wounded they have become numb. Living for God is hard. But it's worth it.

Because, good isn't easy.