Teach me to do Thy will, for you are my God. – Psalm 143:10
George Elliot writes, “But how will you find good? It is not a thing of choice; it is a river that flows from the foot of the Invisible throne, and flows by the path of obedience.” We often are confronted with a duty we know that will cause us pain, suffering, or heartache. We may choose to decline the invitation to fulfill it. We may argue with God, much like Moses and many of the prophets, saying we would prefer not to endure the suffering that comes with the call. But in the end duty calls, God calls, and we must accept the challenge no matter what the cost.
Many of us as we reach a later point in our life think it is our right to decline the latest call. However tired, painful, and weary we may be, life is not done, and our character is not complete, as long as God has anything left for us to do. I know very few who have reached that point, including yours truly.