Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Trial.
First thought upon seeing the word prompt was … we do anything to avoid them. No one wants to go through trials in life.
Trials are unavoidable, coming to us all in many and varied ways.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.Â And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-3, NASB)
James reminds me there is a purpose in the trials we go through. Somehow they develop an endurance, making us perfect in our faith.
He also reminds me to to expect trials. Life will not always go smoothly or the way we want. I once read, ” Outlook determines outcome, and attitude determines action” (Warren Wiersbe).
Maybe what I am learning along the way in life is this – look beyond the difficulty. Look to the end result. Look beyond the difficulty, sometimes the pain, to what it is achieving in me. The endurance, or stamina achieved in the present, will develop in me what is needed in the future.
God gives us the grace to endure each step of the way,
as we lean on Him.