Some things are hard to do and we are constantly making choices about how much effort we should give to them. Matching socks, organizing the spice rack, and such, are questionable activities for EEE (Effort Energy Efficiency). There are other matters of the spirit and soul that can require a great deal of effort.
Letting go of offenses or forgiving someone may be worth EEE. How about volunteering to help someone else or listen to a family member’s problems? What about the times when we are called to serve in capacities that we feel under qualified for ?
Russell Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had this to say about doing worthy hard things that take a lot of effort:
. . . when God wanted to give the Ten Commandments to Moses, where did He tell Moses to go? Up on top of a mountain, on the top of Mount Sinai. So Moses had to walk all the way up to the top of that mountain to get the Ten Commandments. Now, Heavenly Father could have said, ‘Moses, you start there, and I’ll start here, and I’ll meet you halfway.’ No, the Lord loves effort, because effort brings rewards that can’t come without it . . .” April 2020
The Lord Loves Effort
Effort is key to knowing God. Even when the outcome of our efforts aren’t ideal, just making the effort will bring blessings.