Friday, October 19, 2007

Growing Up...

Maturity and Completeness; how many of you would like to become more "mature?" How about becoming more "complete?" How about developing "perseverance?" Or what about the ultimate, "not lacking anything?" I have found the secret to unlocking these character traits in your life; the problem? It requires sacrifice.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4)

As I've been going through my "valley," these two words have helped me cope; "maturity" and "completeness." It would be extremely selfish and self-centered for me to think that God caused all these things in my life just so that I would benefit from them. Still, at the very least, He has allowed them to take place. From the reading above, it is clear to me that one of the reasons trials come our way is to grow us. When we face trials, it tests our faith and develops in us perseverance. As James says, that perseverance will lead us to become more mature and more complete. Those two words have helped me face the difficult times of life which I find myself in now.

I'm not at the point where I am rejoicing at these trials, but knowing that they are making me more mature and complete does help me to continue on in the journey.

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