The Bible encourages us to do things like looking out for others, being patient, loving those who hurt us. Nowhere is it promised that it will always be easy. Sometimes, there's just hard work involved.
So why do it in the first place? Because as we do those things, we grow more and more into what God wants us to become - like Christ. And the more we become like Jesus, the more God can use us. God gives us amazing promises about what He has in store for us (Jeremiah 29:11, anyone?) and, working through us, the world can be completely transformed by His Kingdom. The best way He can do that for (and through) us is if we allow ourselves to become more like Jesus.
It might sound daunting, and we don't mean for you to become a clone robot; in fact, you'll find that the more you let Jesus mould you, the more you'll become 'you'. Jesus' picture of this is a grain of wheat. On its own, a grain isn't that impressive. But plant it, and it multiplies. Becoming like Christ isn't all your own work, but give God yourself as the grain, and you'll see amazing things come from that.
So what now? Find a small seed. Place it in your hand, and think about how small it currently is. How small is your life right now? Think about how big and useful the seed will become. How can your life be as large and productive for God as that seed becomes?
Soulfood : Ex 16-18, John 3:9-21, Ps 110, Prov 26:13-16