Sometimes It’s Easy, Most of the Time Not

I do a lot of writing. Sermons, Episcopal Addresses, presentations on the current landscape of the United Methodist Church, articles, daily devotionals and on and on. On rare occasions, the words flow freely and easily. Most of the time, however, it is a painful and lengthy process to conceptualize what I want to say, put it into words that at least somewhat resemble what I’m trying to say, make it concrete enough to be understood and nuanced enough as to not be simplistic, and edit, edit, edit. And in the end, I’m seldom satisfied with the words on the screen. Yet I’ve come to accept this as normative, at least for me. And so even though writing still takes its toll, I know it’s a process to go through to get the result I desire. The same thing is true with being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Sometimes it comes easily, with little effort. Most of the time, however, it takes hard work, significant commitment, a willingness to learn from mistakes, and a passion that keeps you going when you seem to be stuck. And in the end, you’re probably seldom satisfied with how you’re doing. But here’s the thing. What you do matters. But what Jesus matters a whole lot more. And ultimately it’s his grace that will get you where he knows you need to go.