While skiing near the top of Bald Mountain last week, I stopped to take in the scenery and to shoot a few photos. At one point I came to a sign indicating a choice of difficulty in slope. It made me think about a story I read recently about a guy who, when he became a Bible student, became very vocal about his faith. This practice resulted in his being laughed at sometimes, and one person in particular really rattled him. He decided to pray for him, taking Jesus’ admonition to “pray for your enemies” to heart. A year later the young man discovered that the person who had scorned him had, in fact, not only become a believer, but a missionary. I’m sure the Bible student’s reaction was something on the order of “who’d a thunk it?”

This is a reminder to me that although standing for one’s belief in Christ can often meet with distaste, it’s important not to take the easy way out. If you have a story to share about taking the harder (or easier) road, and would like to share it, please do so. I’d love to hear from you.