Consider it Joy

I’ve been teaching the book of James in my New Testament classes and several things have jumped out at me. I want to use the next few posts to highlight a few of these thoughts. The first is found in James 1:2, where we are told to consider it pure joy when we encounter various trials. Now I don't know about you, but joy is not my default setting when hard times hit. I want to grumble, complain, and sometimes throw an all-out tantrum. However, God is clear in his message to us that it is through trials that we gain endurance.
I’m a wannabe athlete and have been for a long time. I go through phases when I get obsessive about working out (I love P90X and Insanity), and then I just get plain lazy.  Most recently, I’ve been pretty lazy. Mountains I used to climb with vigor, I now climb with huffing and puffing – why? Because I’ve grown lazy in building my physical stamina.

The same is true of our spiritual muscles. When life is easy, we tend to get lazy. We risk losing our spiritual oomph when our faith isn’t being tested, in the same way that our physical muscles lose strength when we fail to use them.

Now, I don’t want to face struggles any more than the next gal, but I do want to be more like Jesus. I can’t say that I welcome the trials in my life, but I’m learning to consider them joy. I know that they are not in vain. There is meaning and purpose for times of suffering.

So, I’m making a commitment to strive to be better fit, both physically and spiritually, through personal discipline and endurance. Will you join me?

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Tears to Joy: Consider it Joy

Monday, April 22, 2013

Consider it Joy

I’ve been teaching the book of James in my New Testament classes and several things have jumped out at me. I want to use the next few posts to highlight a few of these thoughts. The first is found in James 1:2, where we are told to consider it pure joy when we encounter various trials. Now I don't know about you, but joy is not my default setting when hard times hit. I want to grumble, complain, and sometimes throw an all-out tantrum. However, God is clear in his message to us that it is through trials that we gain endurance.
I’m a wannabe athlete and have been for a long time. I go through phases when I get obsessive about working out (I love P90X and Insanity), and then I just get plain lazy.  Most recently, I’ve been pretty lazy. Mountains I used to climb with vigor, I now climb with huffing and puffing – why? Because I’ve grown lazy in building my physical stamina.

The same is true of our spiritual muscles. When life is easy, we tend to get lazy. We risk losing our spiritual oomph when our faith isn’t being tested, in the same way that our physical muscles lose strength when we fail to use them.

Now, I don’t want to face struggles any more than the next gal, but I do want to be more like Jesus. I can’t say that I welcome the trials in my life, but I’m learning to consider them joy. I know that they are not in vain. There is meaning and purpose for times of suffering.

So, I’m making a commitment to strive to be better fit, both physically and spiritually, through personal discipline and endurance. Will you join me?

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1 Comments:

At April 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes when your in the ualley the last thing you want to do is exercise those spiritual muscles. The only way to climb out though is to do just that.

 

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