We Do Hard Things
Carrie Erikson | Co-Lead Pastor | Mercy City Church | Lincoln, NE
I can honestly say that being a “church planter” was never part of my life plans. When I thought about church planters I almost felt sorry for them, church planting looked hard. When God called us to plant a church I realized one thing was true, church planting is hard. It is not for the faint of heart, but for those who God calls, there is a grace that covers and leads us on a fantastic adventure of seeing God’s Kingdom built before our eyes.
Leading requires a certain character trait, perseverance. In our family we have a motto, Erikson’s never quit. We don’t quit on people and we don’t quit when life gets hard and uncomfortable, instead, we dig in and push through.
I recognized that living for Jesus requires me to do hard things on a daily basis. I mean have you ever read the Bible? Forgiveness is hard, dying to yourself is hard, loving your enemies is hard! God never promised us an easy life, he promised us that our reward would be great.
I am convinced that the only way to do hard things on a consistent basis is to live with a long term view, a view of eternity. Recently, I noticed that I had been living my life with a short term view. I was focused on what was quick and easy, not what would benefit my life long term.
Culture tells us if we have to wait for it, it’s not worth it. But, that is not God’s way. Living life with an eternal view keeps us planted, focused, moving forward, and able to do hard things.
Doing hard things in the natural is one thing: eating healthy, exercising, parenting, loving your spouse. Some days those things are hard and we have to make a choice to do them, but learning to do hard things in the spirit requires something else. It requires us to release control….That’s right ladies, I said it. If you want to win at this Christian life, you have to let go of the reigns and let God lead.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9
Doing hard things requires an inner strength from the spirit of God. I don’t have what it takes to lead, reach the lost, love the hurting, or heal the wounded, only the Holy Spirit can do that.
I have learned over the past four years of church planting that I have to lean into the grace of God and refuse to get bitter or live hurting, instead I choose to expect good things. Expect that his grace is sufficient, that his strength will always overcome my weakness. It is that truth that keeps me going and moving forward. It is in doing the hard things that we see the greatest victory: lives changed for eternity.
Let’s be willing to do the hard things. When you want to quit, don’t.