Living a disciplined and decent life is often cast as being a life of torture, living on the precipice, and terribly difficult. I think not.
A God-fearing person who wraps himself with good, partakes of that which is honorable, and surrounds himself with God-fearing people doesn’t have to worry about being constantly tempted, tested, and teased.
Consider that if one decides to live next door to a sewer plant, every day has the high possibility of smelling really bad. On the other hand, if one willingly and purposefully lives next to a rolling, mountain stream that is surrounded by fields of wildflowers, every day has the high possibility of being quite rosy.
No, I’m not suggesting we delude and deceive ourselves. Living and being is hard work and takes much effort. But I say bosh on the idea that being a person of faith is grueling. Wrap up in good things, depend on good people, spend time considering good ideas, be involved in good activities, and learn to have a good attitude – it all leads to a rather broad, safe, and comfortable walk and way of life.
This world offers up much good that we can enjoy and draw strength from. So what kind of music do you enjoy? Does it encourage and make you feel better? Do you stay in touch with people who encourage and make you a better person? Do you read content that strengthens? Do you work with an attitude of thanks?
Being a person of faith is highly satisfying.