Nobody Told Me The Road Would Be Easy…

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2nd Timothy 2:3

2015 Frieda P. Smith

I was talking with one of my young associate ministers last week, and I realized we are in trouble! There is an entire generation coming behind us that does not know about struggling through hardships.

For example, back in the day when I was growing up, we were happy to be handed the keys to a car that was running. We did not care what the car looked like as long as the car had four inflated tires, a little gas in the tank (we could take a “love offering” and practically fill it), we were good to go!

However, the media seems to have influenced an entire generation. They seem to believe driving a “hooptie” is beneath them. Our children’s generation expect an easy road without hardship. That is not happening.

In our text, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to his son in the ministry, recorded in 2nd Timothy 2:3, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”.

Hardship is a part of the life of a soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. Contrary to what our Christian brothers and sisters want to portray on their television ministries every week (while they collect your money), true soldiers of the Lord suffer hardships.

Read the Book of Acts. The apostles in the early church did not have it easy. Likewise, our ancestors—those who survived slavery—did not have it easy. Talk to your parents and grandparents; they did not have it easy. However, they endured hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

It is your turn.

The songwriter declared…

Nobody told me the road would be easy…

3 thoughts on “Nobody Told Me The Road Would Be Easy…

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      Jeff Johnson said:
      October 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      The church have played a pivotal role in the mindset of this generation you are talking about. Pastors who are suppose to be preaching the gospel are preaching prosperity. So, if this generation have to look for guidance, they don’t have many examples. We also live in a society where anything goes and is acceptable and if you speak against it, you’re considered a bigot. When you have the president of the US disagreeing with our doctrinal teaching and the church condone him because he is black. We should have be in the state of emergency. The people and the church blowing anyway the wind is blowing and whatever is politically correct at the moment. Blame it on the media if you like but the church, especially the black church have done nothing to change this generation mind or spirit! The black church is spiritually dead and has no influence at all on the next generation!

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        Frieda P. Smith responded:
        October 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        I disagree with your general statement about the entire black church as a whole. Yes, there are many black churches that are seemingly doing nothing, but there are many that are doing plenty behind the scenes. They are not television, Brother Johnson. They are making a difference. The Rehoboth Church where I had been blessed to serve for 11 years have changed the minds and spirits of young people who have come through our doors. We’re not on the radar like some of the other church’s, but we’re getting it done. There are more churches like us out there; we’re not in the media, which is was my point.

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