The path of least resistance
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (WEB)
Why do I seem to do a lot of things the hard way? I don’t seek out the difficult path, but that’s what happens in too many instances. After researching what the Bible had to say about the hard path, I discovered that the majority of commentators view “the path of least resistance” (POLaR) as sinful.
I couldn’t disagree more. Sure, there are instances where I’m too lazy or exhausted to go the extra mile or put in more effort, but why does life in Christ have to be hard?
A recent example of this is how I developed this website. I love technology and almost anything having to do with web development. The best choice for rapid website development for me is WordPress. I did, however, end up making the process much more difficult than necessary with my initial choice of a theme.
I loved a theme with all the bells and whistles: parallax this, and slider that, and custom everything else. I slaved over that theme for two weeks trying to get what I wanted to appear on the screen, but to little or no results. After waking up at 3:30am wondering how I could make this easier, I had an epiphany: POLaR. Why make this difficult?
POLaR for this site led me to a very simple, but good looking theme that took me a whole 3 hours to set up just the way I wanted this site to look. That led me to a further epiphany: make my online presentations simple. Out went PowerPoint and in came Microsoft Sway. Sure, I don’t have the animations and cool transitions any more, but I save a considerable amount of time and frustration. When I decided to go POLaR with this site, I got more done in a day than I had accomplished in two weeks.
Jesus promised a major benefit to going POLaR with him: rest. The frustrations of life seem to melt away when I focus my attention and imagination on the qualities of Jesus presented in this passage: a gentle, humble, caring teacher.
There’s a lot to learn by giving up the hard way.