My five-year-old daughter was sitting for an examination sometime ago. When I saw that she was not preparing for the next day’s papers, I asked her; “Aren’t you going to study for your exam tomorrow?” Her response shocked me; “Tomorrow is mathematics, and mathematics is very simple. I know it.” Well, I still made her to see the need to study, which she later did. But I learnt a major lesson.

Friend, difficult things can be made easy for you (2 Corinthians 12:8-9). The truth is, what is difficult for you is easy with others. It is ignorance or lack of exposure to think that other people are struggling like you or finding it difficult in areas where you are finding things difficult (1 Kings 19:18). This is not so. Not everybody is struggling.

Sometimes, it is consoling to generalise failure or struggle. It can be soothing to think that everybody is struggling, failing, and stuff like that. Actually, it is the language of mediocres; they generalise failure so they won’t have to take responsibility to make things happen in their sphere (Proverbs 22:13).

Like my daughter, I got to know early enough that mathematics is not difficult. Thanks to my older siblings and those who had gone ahead of me. They helped me to simplify a seemingly difficult subject and showed me the way around it. That is what you also need; people who would help you to simplify life and show you the way (Ecclesiastes 10:15).

When you find someone who simplifies complex or difficult stuff for you, you have found a mentor and a coach (Acts 4:13). Mentors abound everywhere; ministry, career, business, marriage, etc. You need to humble yourself to learn. If you don’t tap into the wisdom and grace of mentors, you would live a frustrated life and end up delaying your success.

Grace is what makes difficult things easy (1 Corinthians 15:10). When you find someone operating in a dimension of grace that you don’t have yet, don’t envy such a person. Celebrate him and tap into what he carries. What you attack you would never attract. Grace has many sides (2 Corinthians 9:8, 1 Peter 4:10). Constantly desire the grace you lack by praying yourself into it and by connecting vitally with carriers of it (1 Corinthians 12:31). Grace makes difficult things easy.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria