The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. (Thomas Paine, 18th-19th century American revolutionary)
Some of us are looking for a life of ease—perhaps retirement—when we won’t have to work hard or face much conflict. During the American Revolution, Paine emphasized a different view of conflict—not a desire to avoid work but to recognize the value of working hard to overcome the conflict. Whatever the endeavor, the harder we work at it the greater the sense of reward.
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. (2 Timothy 2:15)