“Consider it pure joy…whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3
This is my favorite bible verse, hands down. It’s the first one I memorized and is the only thing I ever thought about having tattooed on my body. If everybody could adopt the mentality in this verse, their lives would be so much better.
I have counseled with so many people who obsess on the “why”s in their lives. Why me? Why now? Why did my mother have to die? Why did I lose my house? Why can’t I have what I DESERVE in life??? I deserve to be happy, don’t I? (The answer to that is no, by the way, regardless of what the TV preachers say.)
What if those same people found gratitude in the challenges in their lives instead of resenting them? What if they sought the lesson in every obstacle, instead of complaining about them? I think if we looked at challenges in your life the same way gamers look at a puzzle, as a way to get to the next level, we would all be so much more content.
While we can’t control what happens to us, we can control how we react to it. Defeatism is a choice, and the RTC is there to see if you’ve got any “quit” in you. Show them what you are made of and what your strong shoulders can bear. Dig deep and embrace the pain and the humiliation they heap on you and just remember this is making you stronger for the next time. Every time you think they have got the best of you, push through and know you can go a little farther the next time.
“Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds…” what an empowering thought.