It's a rainy Thursday but still a beautiful day both inside and out ! Are their challenges facing me today ? You bet. Are their obstacles that stand in my way between where I am and where I need to be ? Absolutely. So what else is new ?
The Apostle Paul told us that we are destined for trials if we desire to live a godly life in Christ. Trials are not to be avoided , they are to be fully embraced. The book of James tells us to " consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds ,knowing that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. It goes on to say " perseverance must finish it's work , so that you may be mature and complete , not lacking anything.
The goal for each of us then as followers of Christ is to be mature and complete , with nothing lacking in our arsenal. If tests and trials are God's means to develop us and shape our lives --so be it ! There's no one I'd rather be sculpted by than the Lord himself.