Now we have gone over what Faith and Islam is but, what is Ihsan? It comes in the Hadith when Angel Jibril asked Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) “What is Ihsan?. His reply was: “To worship Allah as though you see him, if you cannot achieve this, then indeed he sees you.”(Al-Bukhari and Al-Muslim).
This is an encouragement for us Muslims to focus on submission to our Lord. Here’s a scenario for you: “You’ve accepted this challenge ,which has a HUGE reward in the end. In order to get that reward you must impress the one who is in charge of the reward.” Wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to achieve that goal?
The challenege: Islam; Reward: Paradise; Holder of the Reward: Allah;
And yes, Islam is a challenge. We must fight within ourselves. It can be challenging to with-hold ones anger, fight laziness, being motivated to learn the religion; etc.. As long as we are aware of who we are worshiping, why we are worshiping Him, and what is the outcome of that worship—Insh’a Allah (if god wills) it becomes easy upon an individual.