We should be struck by the stark contrast between the kind of easy life we seek in the church today, and the kind of life sought by the Puritans. Yep. . . I just mentioned the Puritans. . . perhaps the most misunderstood and most falsely stereotyped group of saints. We want the easy life, where God promises pleasure over pain. But where in the Scriptures are we instructed to seek that kind of life? Aren’t we to “take up our cross”, embrace the invitation into joining in the sufferings of Christ, and seek to be transformed through the difficulties of life?