Life's Greatest Struggle by Larry Wynn

LIFE'S GREATEST STRUGGLE
NUMBERS 13: 30-33
MARCH 17, 1996 A.M. SERVICE

I. INTRODUCTION

A. LIFE IS FILLED WITH STRUGGLES. NOT EVEN PROGRESS HAS ALLEVIATED
STRUGGLES. IN FACT, I BELIEVE, PROGRESS, HAS INCREASED OUR
STRUGGLES.

ILL. GREAT BOOK, MARGINS, BY RICHARD A. SWENSON, M.D., NAVPRESS:
TALKS ABOUT PROGRESS. HE DOESN'T CONDEMN PROGRESS AS SUCH; HE
ONLY CAUTIONS US AGAINST ALLOWING PROGRESS TO CONDEMN US BY
DESTROYING WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT. IN THIS BOOK SWENSON
SPEAKS OF ENVIRONMENTS IN WHICH ALL LIVE. THERE ARE 5 OF THESE:
HE STATES, "MUCH OF OUR PROGRESS HAS BEEN IN TWO AREAS: PHYSICAL
ENVIRONMENT (WEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH.) THIS IS THE MATERIAL
WORLD. THEN THERE HAS BEEN PROGRESS IN THE COGNITIVE
ENVIRONMENT, OR THE INTELLECTUAL WORLD (KNOWLEDGE,
INFORMATION, AND EDUCATION). "MOST OF OUR PAIN," SWENSON SAYS,
"HAS BEEN IN THREE AREAS: SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (FAMILY, FRIENDS,
NEIGHBORS, CHURCH). EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENT (FEELINGS,
ATTITUDES). THIS IS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WORLD. THE SPIRITUAL
ENVIRONMENT (THE ETERNAL).

THERE IS A GREAT STRUGGLE TO BALANCE THESE WORLDS.

B. LIFE'S GREATEST STRUGGLE, I BELIEVE, IS THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN
WHAT'S RIGHT AND WHAT'S EXPEDIENT. THAT WHICH IS THE RIGHT THING
TO DO AND THAT WHICH IS THE EASIEST TO DO.

ILL. WE FIGHT THAT BATTLE IN MANY AREAS OF OUR LIVES: RELATIONSHIPS,
EMOTIONS, ATTITUDES, AND THE SPIRITUAL.

ILL. WHAT'S EASIEST? STUDYING AND MAKING GOOD GRADES, OR JUST
GOOFING OFF AND HOPEFULLY GETTING BY.
WHAT'S EASIEST? WORKING ON THE PROBLEMS WITHIN THE MARRIAGE,
OR JUST WALKING AWAY?
WHAT'S EASIEST? REARRANGING THE SCHEDULE TO TAKE CARE OF
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