Photo Caption: I can't even tell you how many times this has been said to me in the past week. I am softened up for a family that speaks truth in love into the dark places of my life. What I love even more about this verse, though, is the two verses that follow: 2Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
Steadfastness in other translations is "perseverance". I don't love that word, probably because I don't see it as true to me. I don't think I persevere very well: I quit ballet at 4 years old, i left TFA, and a host of other instances where I did not have "steadfastness". But I love these verses because it demonstrates to me that steadfastness and perseverance can be grow and cultivated in us, through faith. And faith is grown through trials. Ouch. But having P U R P O S E to P A I N, how sweet. The struggles that I face, they have the opportunity to transform me from the ballet class dropout to a faithful, steadfast child of God. And that is something to count as J O Y. Do you have trials right now you're facing? It's hard to be told "count it all joy" in the face of seemingly insurmountable things. But if you look beyond the mountain with me, and see the growth of faith and perfecting steadfastness, and God's goodness and faithfulness and Glory waiting to be revealed to and through us. Count T H A T as J O Y.