“Dear brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
Far too often we allow ourselves to use our trials and tribulations as an excuse. Whether it’s an excuse to turn to alcohol, drugs, lust or even flat out give up, that remains all it is, an EXCUSE.
The Bible makes it clear in the book of James that our trials serve a divine purpose. During our struggle that purpose may seem miniscule, but it remains important. God is not necessarily putting things before us to punish us, but rather to shape us.
Like an artist chiseling a sculpture, God is chipping away all the excess pieces and unneeded parts in order to complete a grand vision. People passing by might look on in confusion, wondering why this mad man is hammering at this stone. Yet as time passes it all starts to come together. Pretty soon it becomes more recognizable and in the end what was once a regular stone, transforms into a beautiful statue.
So we have no choice but to keep our heads up. We have to get up out of bed each morning and put one foot in front of the other. It’s okay to stumble and even fall, but always get up and always move forward. Remember there is always a light, even at the end of the darkest tunnel.
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