Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Joy In Adversity

The more I experience life, the more I agree with the New Testament book of James. In the first chapter, verses 2-4, we read this, "Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

It's interesting how we never seem to develop character when life is "good". It's in the trials, pain, and uncertainty that progress takes place in our lives. It's in the struggles of life that we become stronger and more confident; where we find spiritual meaning and depth of faith. It's here we find God.

I'm learning to greet each circumstance with the anticipation that wonderful things will follow the bad and that growth will be the end result. Joy can be found in the worst of times. When we look through the eyes of faith, love and gratitude, miracles often occur in the midst of adversity.
Copyright 2008 By-Barbara J. Davis

1 comment:

Linda Reznicek said...

This is a good entry--because, in the end, we don't live in bubbles. If we're human and living, we're experiencing pain and heart-ache as well as the beautiful and inspiring. I wouldn't take back any of my trials.