Maxim #2: Nothing Worth Having Ever Comes Without A Fight


Value is almost always intrinsically linked to cost. Both the intangibles and tangibles that we hold dear tend to come at a high price. Often, there is some kind of significant struggle present as well. At the same time, what we often consider quick and easy is also typically cheap, ultimately unsatisfying, and relatively worthless.

For instance, last week I bought my lunch at a local convenience store. It consisted of two hot dogs and a bottled water and cost me less than two dollars. It filled me up in the moment, but certainly wasn’t anything to write home about. It tasted fine, but I wouldn’t want to eat it for many additional days during the same week. What did I appreciate about it? Not the nutritional content (which was certainly absent), but the price and the convenience. It saved me time. It saved me money. It left me wishing for something else.

In our culture, we are prone to follow the path of least resistance. We like things quick. We like things easy. We like things cheap. But I suspect there are greater values on which to set our sights.

5 thoughts on “Maxim #2: Nothing Worth Having Ever Comes Without A Fight

  1. Reflecting Upon...

    What a great posting. God is speaking to me on discipline, patience, commitment and more, areas where in the past I have been found wanting! I have been working out and dieting this year and sticking with the programme – so far have lost 22lb and have the same amount to go to get to goal. Sometimes it is hard, and the flesh has it’s gripes, but it has to submit. The dieting may seem insignificant but it has taken me on a deeper journey of discipline and closer to God.

    I heard the following phrase some years ago – don’t know the origin “Nothing good was ever achieved without hard work” and it has stayed with me ever since.

    Also as I take my daily exercise on the Treadmill, and start feeling it’s too much I think of Paul I Cor 9:27
    “No, I beat my body and make it my slave”

  2. lisa

    [quote] There is an on-going struggle to submit my will, my human reason, and my fleshly desires to the callings of Christ.[/quote] Is that really true? Are you so stubborn?

  3. Burt

    Sure I am. Though I doubt others would describe me that way.

    Yet, Christ is my measure, and who of us measures up?

    But hopefully I am making progress! I don’t want to be stubborn or resistant. I want my honest answer to always affectionately be “Yes, Lord.”

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