“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out WHY” — Mark Twain
So often we take the easy way out– taking shortcuts, not really putting in the effort, or avoiding the hard conversation. A new idea– probably the best idea– is to do the hard things in life instead. This means making decisions to do the things that other people aren’t willing to do, or the things that you’ve always avoided doing. Kidder Creek has been built upon the belief that doing hard things, alongside other people, reveals the character of a Jesus in profound ways. Here are 5 reasons why doing the hard things is the best way to connect to the heart of God:
1. You will grow
There are few things that are as fulfilling as growth. Expanding your knowledge, community and understanding of the world, your place in it and how God is using you are deeply satisfying. Challenge yourself to experience people, places, and things that are outside your norm. Allowing yourself to do the harder things in life will help you grow into who God has made you to be.
2. You will stand out
Many times people avoiding helping another or doing the task that nobody wants to do. Not being this person, and instead being the one who chooses to take on the project, or do the task, will help you stand out.
3. You will become better
Taking the time to solve a problem, or plan an event, puts your mind into overdrive. You’ll learn to come up with great ideas for doing new tasks, and open your mind to new concepts, you would never have come across taking the easy way out.
4. You will be valued
People look up to those who consistently do “hard things” and know they’re someone that can be depended upon. When you are able and willing to have the hard conversations people know that your actions are in alignment with your faith and that you can be trusted.
5. You will find joy
Probably the most important reason to do the hard things in life is that it will bring you joy. When you know you’ve done the hard things you’ll have a sense of accomplishment, pride, and that you’ve made a difference. When you listen to that still, small voice telling you to press on, and you do, you’re more connected to the heart of God. It becomes easier to listen and easier to step forward in faith to do more hard things.
At Kidder Creek we present campers with ways they can do hard things like: getting up early to help prepare breakfast, rafting down a river, praying in front of other campers, or stepping off a high platform to ride a zip line. When a camper takes that step – into thin air before the zip cable catches them – they get to exercise their faith. They get to experience that they can do hard things, that God has them, that they are enough and always have been.
Let’s do hard things. God believes in us even more than we believe in Him.
Nate Pfefferkorn, Vice President of Strategy