Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
James 1: 2-3
It doesn't take a genius to know that life is difficult. And it's difficult in different ways for different people. Sometimes we bring difficulty upon ourselves and sometimes it's brought upon us from other sources. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, old or young, man or woman. Every which way you look at it, we know that life is difficult.
But how we handle those difficulties is what matters.
The Bible tells us that the testing of our faith produces perseverance and that we should rejoice when we face trials of all kinds. If Godly character is something to be desired, then we should welcome difficulty.
Sounds crazy, I know.
Try this: wake up each day asking God to carry you through that day's rough moments. He promised to wipe our tears away, not prevent them.
So, weep when the tears come but don't give up.
"Lord, I shall be very busy this day.
I may forget thee, but do not thou forget me."
- Sir Jacob Astley (1579-1651)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.