“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4 NIV)
I read an article recently about putting in your time in order to learn your craft. It was an article about writing and all that went into writing that article. The author talked about the classes, writing assignments and prayer it took to get her to this point in her life. Each and every experience added an essential piece to her life puzzle. She explained that each article of writing was a culmination of the last thirty years of learning.
That is a profound statement. Our lives are a culmination of our experiences. For some, life has been difficult. Each step has been a struggle to survive. For others, life has been more comfortable. They have had their needs met without much effort. However, every person has something they are striving for. And past experiences are the stepping stones to the goal.
The Christian (follower of Christ) strives for a stronger relationship with the Lord. We desire more of God. We want to be close to Him. And we want to have an unwavering faith. We want to be able to confront and conquer each trial that we face. However, we often feel like failures. We see our struggle as weakness rather than strength training. It is given to us so we can learn to trust God more. Each trial is a training exercise. We become stronger with each day. We may fall down, but He lifts us up and we persevere.
This year, my son joined Cross Country and my daughter is playing soccer. Each one started the season in terrible condition. They had not run all summer. They were out of shape. Those first weeks of practice were grueling. They simply got through the practices. However, over time, their practices have become a little easier. They have even gotten to the point where they were pushing themselves a little harder for a more intense workout. They wanted more and could do more, so they pushed harder.
The Lord knows our limits. Sometimes He pushes us further than we ever thought we could go. Other times He holds back so we can rest. I don’t know where you find yourself today, but know God has not left you to endure alone. Each trial is an opportunity to build your faith. And each struggle is unique to you. God loves you and wants to show you your potential. Hang in there. You can do it!
- Facing Trials (gracesinthecity.wordpress.com)
- Perseverance (joyfullyschooling.com)
- Trust in Him who can’t be shaken! (livingmoreabundantly4christ.com)