We just finished watching the president's state of the union address. I am paraphrasing here but he stressed that few important tasks are ever easy. I see that in our church. We have the task of growing our church so that when our time is done the church will not only survive but will thrive. It is a task we are prepared to do and do for the right reason. Our task, our mission, is to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to be those hands and feet in a way that most closely reflects Christ's message.
When I think of difficult tasks, I think of Mary and her task of raising Jesus. It couldn't have been easy. She was pregnant and unwed. When the child was born she was told how great he would be. No pressure there! The boy clearly had issues with his parents such as staying behind in the synagogue when the family had left the city. If any of you have had a child who was lost, you know the panic that sets in when you can't find that child. I am sure if Mary had been given the chance to write her gospel she would have filled it with anecdotes of a precocious child who tested his parents. And yet I have no doubt her love for her son would have shone through.
So... I am sure Obama got it right when he said no task worth doing is easy. It may be running a country, growing a church or raising the Son of God. It ain't easy. But it's worth it.