Not everything is easy. Many things are quite difficult. Jesus is clear that we will suffer and be persecuted. Our family may turn against us. we may be arrested, tortured and killed.
Some things are simple and some are very complex. Jesus promises us it will be worth it.
Confusing simple with easy and difficult with complex is common but not correct. Jesus challenges us to persevere.
Some things can be both simple and difficult.
Difficulty causes many to give up.
And … success never comes. Jesus challenges us to be faithful.
Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”