It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about relationships or a professional achievement. The things that are most valuable in life require a price to be paid. Many simple children’s stories communicate profound truths. One of my favorite stories that I read when I was a child and which I have read to my children as well is “The Little Red Hen.” I expect most people will recognize the story line of the hen who finds wheat seeds, sows them, then reaps the wheat, grinds the wheat, and bakes the bread. At each step along the way, she asks for help in her task, but no one is willing to put out any effort to help her. The only time that they seem to want to help is when the bread is done. That is when all are willing to help enjoy the fruits of the hen’s labor, but she does not allow them to take part in enjoying the bread since they would not participate in any of the work leading up to this point. This is a lesson that rings so true in life. Few are willing to put out the effort required to gain the most valuable things in life, yet they still want to enjoy those things without putting out any effort.
This is probably why lotteries are so popular. There’s never any end to people willing to play the lottery, hoping to strike it rich without much effort. But such people who strike it rich often are not happy when they do get these easy riches. I’ve watched a few programs that follow big lottery winners, and they are rarely happy. I guess part of why they are not happy is that they truly believe that money can buy you happiness. But true happiness cannot come so simply. It must be bought at great price by putting much effort into things that truly matter, such as a sound marriage, good relationships with your children, wisdom, professional success, etc. All the best things come with a price of toil, sweat, tears, and perhaps blood. But certainly, once we have reached the fruit of our labors, we will be satisfied both with what we have attained and with our effort in getting there. True, deep satisfaction comes when we reach a place of reaping in our life, and we can look ourselves in the mirror, knowing that we did our best and paid a significant price to reach these rewards.
I pray that you will be able to reap the best things in life and that you will have the courage and wisdom to labor patiently for these things.