Voice of the Day: Constantly in Trouble

Today’s voice of the day is from William Barclay writing in his commentary on the Gospel of Luke:

“It has been said that Jesus promised his disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble.” — William Barclay.

I wish that Barclay would have worded the last phrase as “and constantly in trouble” and that’s probably the way I’ll paraphrase it in the future (I think that the fact that he says “It has been said” gives me a certain amount of leeway.) And nonetheless, that’s a minor quibble with an otherwise great insight into the true nature of the Christian life.

Note: around the internet this quote is usually attributed to G. K. Chesterton, whom Barclay quotes in the next sentence. I tracked it down through the blog called “They Didn’t Say It” at fauxtations.wordpress.com.