It's not that following Jesus gives you an easier life. It's that Jesus supplies everything you need, every day of your life.
They say time flies when you're having fun. But life isn't always fun, time doesn't always fly, and when we are in pain or trouble, a single moment can last an eternity. What do you do, when pain comes for a visit and never leaves?
The ninth commandment requires you always to speak honestly, when it's appropriate to speak at all. Want to know why you get in trouble? Because you forget that silence is usually an option.
The 8th commandment says, "You must not steal." It's a command that hits thieves and robbers square in the face. But does it have anything to say to everyday people like you and me?
Because its decisions may risk or save human lives, our gov't works with an actual figure estimating that a single life is worth $10 million. Your life is worth $10 million to the gov't. Need I tell you that it's worth much more to God?
Too many parents can't say "No," because they can't stand to have their kid not like them even for a moment. God comes first, not your children. Lean upon him so they can lean upon you.