Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Life of Trials

"Get me out of this...now!" In those seasons of pain and struggles, it is only natural for us to want to get out of it fast.  Some of the most difficult times in my life have proven to be the most life growing & strengthening times as well. It has been said, “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials."  This is true in my life as a brother, son, dad, husband and child of God.  When I look back on those tough times, I can honestly say, though not pleasant, they made me a better man today. They have prepared me for today and tomorrows trials by leaning into the Father.  "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way."James 1:2-4 MSG Today, in your struggle, instead of asking "why" Lord? Ask "what" can I learn today thru this trial Lord? Easier said than done? Sure, but He will not only pull us thru it but grow us thru it. "God is more interested in our character than our comfort, and more concerned about our holiness than our happiness." Norman Geisler Rodney Holmstrom

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