Friday, January 20, 2012

Let It Grow

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, 
consider it an opportunity for great joy...
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. 
James 1
We have such a limited perspective of trouble;
we don't really understand the value of endurance.
Endurance comes from the Latin durus, meaning hard.
The value of doing hard things.
Endurance is a "state of lastingness," 
a continuing under distress without sinking, patience.
When I look back on my own life, I can clearly see 
the opportunities that troubles and testings have provided.
Like many, great joy was never my first response.

Newly saved when I got married, 
I began this new life somewhat battered and just a little broken.
The challenges of living life without a Savior 
left me fending for myself, and I was a poor fender. 
But God.
The troubles and testings did not stop after salvation,
but I had a perspective and a promise.
"I will cause everything to work together for your good, 
you who love Me and are called according to My purpose."
By His great mercy, every challenge that I have faced
has caused me to grow.
Each one of those early year challenges
called out to endurance.
We don't necessarily change because we want to; 
we change because we have to.
Those "found in the desert place" days
were no less gifts than the "sun shining down on me" days.
Scripture says we need nothing when endurance has grown.
Endurance continues without sinking, patient in faith,
a beautiful offering to the Author of our faith.
Lord, thank You for using everything that has come into my life
to develop "lastingness."
To help me be complete and needing nothing.
You do all things well.

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