James 1: 2-3 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
The reality of life’s difficulty is experienced by each of us at one time or another.
You don’t have to be endowed with ingenuity to know that life can be extremely difficult.
In fact, life is difficult in different ways for different people. Sometimes we bring difficulty upon ourselves and sometimes it’s brought upon us from other sources.
It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, old or young, man or woman. Every which way you look at it, we know that life is difficult. How are you doing in life?
It’s how we approach the handling of life’s difficulties that produces extraordinary outcomes in your life.
But how we handle those difficulties is what matters. The word of the Lord tells us today, that the testing of our faith produces perseverance and that we should begin to rejoice when we face trials of all kinds.
If a Godly character is something we endeavor to experience, then we should embrace life’s difficulty.
I know, it can be very conflicting to understand.
If you are going through a time of difficulty, the good news is this: you can use this experience to become a stronger, wiser, and more resilient person. But that will require intentional effort on your part and a commitment to practicing self-care.
As you design your own self-care plan, realize that multiple pathways exist. Start by rethinking your approach to your life with the Lord; you will probably need to change some of your current practices.
However, I’d like you to give a strong consideration to incorporating God’s word in your new approach and start today with consideration to our reading passage (James Chapter 1:2-3), and extraordinary outcomes will emerge in your life.
Point to ponder
How about trying when you wake up each day asking God to carry you through that day’s rough moments.
And remember the Lord promised to wipe our tears away, not prevent them.
So, cry when the tears come, but hold on and don’t give up. Have an amazing day your victory is closer than you can imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
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