Have you ever given up a good thing for something that was better, even when the “better” was harder? I remember as a young seminary student, I worked on a small estate in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had an opportunity to participate in something that I thought was a great opportunity for me. I asked for time off, and the lady I worked for allowed me that opportunity, with some counsel. She said, “Jim, always remember not all good opportunities are the right opportunities for you.” That is a word of advice that I have always held in my heart. In Hebrews 11:24-26 we are told that Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of Gor than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.” A study of the life of Moses in the book of Exodus reminds us that his role as leader of the nation of Israel was a difficult life. He was subjected to the pain of a people who constantly questioned his right to lead, and his ability to lead. Yet he, willingly accepted his role as a ministry appointed by the Lord. As you are making choices in your life, you need to consider the possibility that the easy way is not the plan of God in your life. I can say, over the years, that I have never regretted sacrificing family for the sake of a position, nor to place ministry as an important part of my life and choices. Following the Lord through faith, leads to decisions that may lead to us to choose a hard life, but if asked, I know that Moses would say that while his role was hard it was satisfying. Knowing and understanding that you are where the Lord wants you brings about a contentment that you may not be able to explain to others. Peace with God brings contentment in living.