Sunday Scriptures — How Hard Can It Be?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Summer seems to be the time when people who spent a large amount of the past six months inactive ask “how hard can it be?” when faced with something new.

During a recent outdoor event, I came across such a person. She asked if I was going to participate in the event. When I said, no – I’m not crazy. I know my limits – she replied, “How hard can it be?”

Hard enough that most of the participants were experienced, had put in the hard work to master the skill, and knew what they were up against. Unlike this person who found out how hard it could be when she had to be rescued by one of those who knew what they were doing.

Remembering this scenario got me to thinking about the times we may learn someone is struggling to overcome an addiction and hear someone say, “How hard can it be? Just quit.” Those people obviously have not dealt with an addiction or observed someone who was addicted, nor do they understand the hard work that must go into overcoming.

For decades one friend has struggled with overcoming alcoholism. There are days she makes progress. There are days she doesn’t. You want to know how hard it is for her? Extremely hard. It is a struggle she puts great effort into overcoming, only to slide back into the same familiar patterns.

The next time we hear of someone struggling with an addiction of any kind, instead of smugly saying, “How hard can it be?” how about we realize it is hard for that person, offer our support, and speak the truth in love?

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Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Speak the Truth

Bing PhotosThe truth hurts sometimes, doesn’t it? We like to think we have it all together. There’s no area in our lives that needs correction. It’s the others in our lives who need help. Boy, howdy, do they ever. And we are more than eager to point out their flaws. Tell it like it is. Get right to the point. Shoot straight. Let the chips fall where they may.

Maybe others do need correction, just as we might, but it’s all in the way we handle it, that makes the difference.

Bing PhotosWhile I was in the hospital recently, following surgery to place three screws into my left femur due to a hip fracture, I had two nurses who administered my much-needed medication into my IV line differently. Each had their own way. One inserted the needle into the line, took her time, and gently pushed the plunger until all the medicine flowed through my veins. Nice.

The other nurse inserted the needle into the line, then jammed the syringe plunger like she was setting a new speed record. EEOOWW! Man, that hurt. Burned like fire, and left my head spinning.

Both nurses accomplished the task they were assigned…they administered the medication I needed into my body. And I appreciate them both, equally. But, one did it gently. The other, not so much.

Paul wrote to the Ephesians, and to us, that we are to speak the truth in love. Paul pointed out the sins of the people so they would put off their unrighteous ways, and follow Jesus more closely. His intent was to instruct. To support. To help.

What is our motive when we feel the need to correct others? Is it out of love for that Bing Photosperson? To draw them closer to the LORD? Or to prove ourselves right, and prove them wrong?

When we need to confront others we have a choice. We can speak the truth gently, in love. Or we can deliver the same truth, by jamming down the plunger. It’s our choice.

I pray we all choose wisely. In love.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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