Last night my Bible study group was discussing a passage from Acts chapter 2. We talked about the beginnings of the modern day church. According to Acts 2:42, the early Christians did four specific things, that is, they were "continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching, and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." In other words, the development of the church didn't just happen. It took hard work, commitment, an "all-in" attitude to keep the fire going.
In most things, success doesn't occur overnight. I'll give you a modern day example. My stepson is a great trombone player. He is currently in graduate school, hoping to teach music in college one day. He is a gifted instrumentalist, but his performance skills have not magically appeared. While he was living at our home, he spent countless hours practicing the trombone, sacrificing time for other things to perfect his skill. The trombone has required total commitment to advance to his level.
So, except for a select few people in life, there really isn't an easy way to success. Whether this involves overcoming adversity such as cancer or becoming proficient in a musical instrument, hard work provides an opportunity for victory. One day, the perspiration, the tears, the agonizing choices, the sacrifices, will all pay off.