Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate that is wide and the way that is made easy, leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For when the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few!- Matthew 7:13
Got some struggles going on? Good for you! Your on the right path! If being exceptional was easy, it would be the new average. By definition, living intentionally for excellence, (life), demands there be struggles. If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so it holds true the road to heaven is paved in challenges. As Matthew points out, many take the easy way out, few face the challenges and have the discipline required to achieve spiritual excellence. Isn't that what our time here on earth is really all about?
The temptation is to follow the herd. Here's the scoop...the fate of the herd has been known by all for a long time. They get led to slaughter. We need to swim against the tide, and challenge others to follow our example. Excellence insists you be different! Otherwise your snout is pushed into the backside of the one in front of you and the view never changes.
A wise man won't settle for satisfaction...He seeks gratification. The difference defines the gap between average and exceptional!