Bogged in joy

Truck
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

$50 to pay the dozer driver
to pull out the bogged truck
that we had to jump 19 tagged head of cattle off
that took us all morning to round up
and wore out our horses in the process.
Cold dogs, wet boots, short tempers.

We were finding it hard to ‘consider it pure joy’!
Ours were minor frustrations. Some people endure mind boggling challenges. Like a good friend of mine who was diagnosed with incurable cancer. The cancer and ghastly chemo treatment ate away her health and physique, but could not touch her spirit. My friend honored God by upholding His character in her words and behavior all through her trial. In doing so she kicked Satan’s butt. The whole spiritual realm and all those around her got to see some fair dinkum faith at work. Four months after diagnosis, she went rejoicing to her homecoming in heaven.

How do we develop the ability and maturity to “Cowboy Up” in the tough times and not throw in the towel? James wanted us to know that the trial is going to produce something good – perseverance. The way we handle trials shouts aloud to others whether our faith is real or not. The Message bible says it like it is: “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith life is forced into the open and shows its true colours” (James 1:2-3). Tests give our faith the opportunity to shine. How’s your glow?

Father, no matter what circumstances we are in, we are grateful and we thank You, because that attitude is the one You want us to have. Amen.

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