We’ve all been duped. Every last one of us. We’re believing a lie. That life is supposed to be easy.

Life is hard. It’s supposed to be hard. This earth is not our home. It was never meant to be. It’s a temporary dwelling place full of imperfect people. It’s practice. Here’s what I mean by that— Anyone who has ever tried anything knows that before you perform, before you compete, you practice. Practice before the real thing. Heaven is the real thing. Heaven is for real. It’s a promised time of joy, peace, happiness and hope for those who believe in God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God who created Heaven and earth, the God who made light. Earth is just practice, and practice is supposed to be hard.

In my sport, we practice for hours, simulating the most difficult situations to see if we will be ready for the real thing. We study on earth, we prepare, we train, we practice. We practice so much that the game becomes easy. The game is peaceful. Practice is never easy. But we’ve believed the lie that its supposed to be.

Life is hard. Nobody knows what the future holds, although we’d like to… and that’s ok. That’s how it’s supposed to be. I sometimes get asked to sign autographs. In every one of my autographs I write the verse Hebrews 11:1. The funny thing is this—that verse is all about faith. But faith consists of hoping for something that you currently don’t have. It consists of believing in something even if you can’t see it. But what’s the point of faith if everything is going right? What’s the point of faith if you have everything you could have ever wanted? What’s the point of faith if everything is always supposed to be ok? If life was easy, there would be no point in having faith. If earth was perfect, there would be no point in Heaven. But faith is like gold, and heaven is for real. It’s something so precious that can never be taken away from us. Faith is believing that God can still do what he said he was going to do, even when it looks impossible. Even when it has always looked impossible. Take courage! God is building your faith. He’s working on it. Trust me. Trust Him. I am with you. I will never leave you. I will never turn my back on you. I have never turned my back on you. In this earth you will have troubles but take heart! I have overcome the world. My hope resides in the fact that God has already done it. He gave me a new team, He gave me a new house, He already gave me everything I could have ever needed and more. Trust me. I know what I’m doing. I am with you. I am WITH you. And I am for you. I am on your side. I am still on the throne. I am still the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Creator of the Universe. I have a big, big plan. A master plan. And I want you to be a part of it. But before you can join me, I need you to believe me. Before you can join me, I need you to trust me. THAT’S WHY you’re going through what you’re going through. THAT’S WHY your life seems so uncertain. It was never meant to be. Just look around. Look at all the things I’ve given you to enjoy. I’ve given you life. True life. I’ve given you joy. Pure, undefiled joy. Just look around! Open your eyes. Wake up. I am ALWAYS WITH YOU. I have not fallen of My Throne. I am with you. And I love you. Oh, how I love you. Oh, how I love you.