Why is Life so Hard?

Several weeks ago, I heard the question surface from a Youth event that asked, “Why is life so hard?” I thought maybe a peer-to-peer response might be a good idea for this week’s blog. So, here is an AUMC Youth member sharing her thoughts on this question: Why is life so hard? (Hmmm. I wonder if it has anything to do with choices.)  

Love, Mrs. Tracey


From Kelsey:

Life is hard! The truth, though it may not be what we desire, is that something is always going to happen to make life hard; especially when we make poor choices that make it even harder. There is no easy answer to the reason why life is so hard. But, I know we can choose how we react to these challenges!

Yes, there are theories about this question like God is testing us or God is punishing us.  However, these theories aren’t true. This question could be contemplated for days, but it’s much simpler to remind ourselves we live in a world that is not perfect.  Jesus even says in John 16:33 “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” This world is never going to be perfect, so we should not expect that it will be. 

Even the slightest imperfection in our world can come crashing down on us, reminding us that we are subject to many hardships and heartaches.  Hopefully, we learn how to move forward and teach ourselves to push through all obstacles that are thrown our way.  Our hope is in a Heavenly Kingdom created by God that will be perfect.  We can choose to believe in a perfect eternal life.

When a new difficulty comes up, it’s okay to break down. However, God reminds us that there is more beyond the sights we see or the sounds we hear. Though the reason behind these obstacles is not because God is testing us, he still wants to see that our faith survives the worst. Job 14:7 says, “For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.”
How do we move past the challenges? Moving on is hard for anyone to master. However, it’s an easy concept. We are reminded in James 5:13, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone among you happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
So, the first thing that needs to happen is prayer. Pray for strength through the tough times.  Pray for healing. Pray for the others affected as well.  The next thing is to remember that it is not the “end of the world”.  There is nothing so bad that can cause your world to come crashing down beyond a point of hope.  The last thing is to think about how you can fix it or make it better.  You may not be able to resolve the difficulty completely, but you can try.
Life is already hard enough; don’t make it harder. Life is so hard because we choose to let it consume us and absorb all our thoughts and motivation.  Yes, terrible things happen that are not in our control.  But, the only reason it’s truly too hard to handle on our own is because of how we react. Choose to let Jesus help carry the burdens.   “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

3 Responses to “Why is Life so Hard?”

  1. Holly Killough says:

    Beautiful message, Kelsey. Prayer truly does allow us to release those hurts and be reminded we are not alone…ever! We must also remember that sometimes it’s the choices others make that affect us as well. But again, we are not alone and sometimes the only thing we can do, the best thing we can do is pray. I had a lady during Bible study the other night comment that it was hard to feel like God would allow such bad things to happen. Like the scripture you quoted…God never said there would be no trouble. My response is to watch and see where God can be seen in spite of, during, and in response to the trouble.


  2. Linda says:

    What insight and such a beautiful message. Your understanding of God’s love for us in this imperfect world is evident. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Tracey Cox says:

    This is a great response. Thank you for sharing and reminding us to pray, reminding us it’s not the end of the world, and reminding us to try to make things better. There is hope in all of those actions.

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