Thursday, October 28, 2010
My wise friend, James.
What if we really did this? Here is a a little piece of wisdom I read this morning from this really cool guy named James:
Consider it pure joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its PERFECT result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in NOTHING.
BUT if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who GIVES TO ALL generously and with reproach, and it will be given to him.
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For the man out not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; and the rich man is glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
Blessed is a man who PERSEVERES under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the CROWN OF LIFE which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
What would happened if we remembered this everyday of our lives? If you are anything like me, there are always trials thrown in your face. So...what would it look like to consider these trials as joy? How would we respond?
I have a feeling it would be completely different than our natural response.