Somehow there are people who make it look easy. Some people even go so far as to say that you'll be happier, healthier, wealthier, more successful... that life will be better when you follow Jesus.
Now don't get me wrong, life as a follower of Jesus is pretty incredible. Being a friend of God Himself brings blessings into your life you can't possibly imagine outside of a relationship with Him. But Jesus was very clear in the Bible that being a follower of His is not a cakewalk. Or a walk in the park. Or a bowl of cherries. Or whatever other peaceful or delicious cliche metaphor you can come up with.
Unless you're really young or you live in a hole in the ground, you're aware of the persecution and martyrdom of Christians around the world, including in our collective backyard of America. The most recent shooting in Oregon sparked this image showing up on Facebook: