This weekend is one I dread. But I like what happens following it.
Before you go to bed Saturday night, you are to set your clock forward one hour. That makes Sunday a hard one for me. After all, it is the last weekend of the regular season for college basketball. Some small conferences are playing their tournaments, and I enjoy watching them.
But I have to go to bed early on Saturdays. Keep in mind that Sunday is a big day for me.
Still, I admit that I enjoy daylight savings time. I get to work in my garden later in the day. I can go to the golf course late in the afternoon and play at least nine holes. Sometimes, I even will finish 18.
So, what’s my point? The fact is that I have one night of short-term pain that offers long-term gain for the entire summer. But that’s just the rub. Like so many people, I really don’t like having any pain, short-term or not. I want life to be easy. I want it be pain-free.
Paul had a much better outlook on life than that. In Romans 8:18, he wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Do you get that? Paul made it clear that he was confident in God. Even though things are not going as we might like, we can trust the Lord to make it worth our time.
I want to be careful not to complain about the little things that are mere bumps in the road, because I am confident that the journey will be worth it. God is with us. Who can be against us?
So keep on enduring the things that are not easy. As you walk with the Lord, it will be worth it all.