“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.” ~James 1:2~
This verse can seem kind of like a paradox. How are troubles a great joy ??
Troubles build your character.
<<< Many times I have to remind myself that the fallen world that we live in is full of imperfect people. This means that striving to become perfect is a waste of time. >>>
Who is it that you want to be ?
As you look around, you will see we are all hurting. each person you encounter has a scar of some sort. And that is okay! Our society has taught us to look down upon anything that is not perfect. But reality is… none of us are! Allow your scars to be symbols of strength. As you grow completely in Him that is when He fills in any other gaps you may have, causing you to be “complete, needing nothing.”
Life brings many challenges and trials but as you face these things it is what develops you into who you really are.
I’ve felt such a burden lately for hurting people. Partly because I am a hurting person. I have wanted so badly to be able to come up with and provide everyone around me with some sort of remedy that ends all of life’s hurts and shortcomings. Here’s the exciting news. I do a have a remedy for you! His name is Jesus. I’ve searched in many places not only for myself but for healing and have come to the conclusion that there is no other answer.
<<< It’s so easy to read those words and walk away feeling nothing, but how can you really believe in this kind of life if you haven’t ever truly experienced it? >>>
The last few months especially, I found myself at a constant place of surrender. Not because of what others have told me, not because it sounds like the right thing to do or the right thing to say… but because that’s the only way to truly be healed. This is allowing yourself to receive enough grace to give your brokenness to the only one who can heal & most of the time that is a lot easier said than done. As you continue to allow yourself to receive His grace, all else falls in place. The grace you have received you now can freely give.
I truly believe that even if you don’t see joy in your circumstances at the moment, you can can rest assured in the promise God has given you. In these seasons of testing, not only will you grow, but become fully developed in all He has called you to be and full of true joy.