See now, I am the man who yelled out from the crowd For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground Yes then I turned away with the smile on my face With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace And then alone in the night I still called out for You So ashamed of my life, my life, my life [Chorus:] But You love me anyway Oh, God, how you love me Yes, You love me anyway It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known Yes, You love me anyway Oh, Lord, how You love me Yes, You love me, Yes, You love me Yes, You love me, Yes, You love me How You love me How You love me How You love me
Did I mention this took place on Easter Sunday?
When I had just sat through an amazing church service where I cried the entire time over Christ's forgiveness and grace. His mercy and unending love was fresh in my mind.
So I couldn't ignore it. I couldn't pretend I hadn't just bawled through an hour of glorious praises to my Savior--the Man who died in such a gruesome and humiliating fashion...for me...knowing all my faults and short-comings.
I had to pause in the middle of my tantrum and realize Jesus did The Hard Thing. Every time.
He lived like a nomad, with nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58).
He was pursued by church leaders and broken people day after day, some trying to make Him look like a fool and others begging for healing. He often retreated by Himself to recharge (Luke 5:16).
He chose to be beaten and bruised and nailed to a cross for me (Matthew 27).
He definitely did The Hard Thing.
With each step I took, my resolve to be angry and indignant melted even as my resolve to be the one who does The Hard Thing grew stronger.
I realized this surpasses my marriage. Doing The Hard Thing extends out to my everyday life:
Offer grace to the driver who cuts me off in traffic.
Offer patience when my children test me.
Offer mercy when a loved one hurts me.
Be brave enough to have the hard conversations when sweeping it under the rug seems easier.
Be humble enough to admit when I have fallen short and ask for forgiveness.
Be generous enough to cheer someone else on, even with a bruised ego and even at my own expense.
Be like Christ and put others ahead of my own selfish desires.
Doing The Hard Thing and being more Christ-like when doing The Easy Thing seems better and a whole lot simpler, is when I will be the closest to Christ; that's when I will be strongest and in the center of His will.
And that is easily The Best Thing.