• Verse Of The Week

    "Then Jesus wept." John 11:35 (NLT)
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Verse Of The Week

James 1:2-4

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come 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.

I’ve gotten some better perspective on this verse lately. My friends and I used to quote this all the time when we were in a band together. It was a sort of ‘don’t let the tough stuff get you down’ type verse. Somewhere along the way I was suppose to find joy it what was going on in my life at the time.

Now when I see this verse and think about the hard stuff, I’m not focusing on the idea of being joyful, but recognizing that I am going through something that defines who I am as a person. So many times we want avoid the tough stuff. We also don’t wan to see others have to deal with hard things. The reality is we need to. The hard things mold us and shape us into the people we are today. They prepare us for future tough times so we can ride them out. They develop a faith and trust in God.

Bad stuff and the ickiness of the world is all around. It is unavoidable. We can try to control everything, but that never really works. It is just a false sense of security. I am going to choose to have faith in God and trust him. In my experience, he has a lot of things under control.

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