Monday, July 12, 2010

perseverance.

inspiration: bad days are good because they make you appreciate the good.

so today has been, for lack of a better word, "sucky".
it's just been rough for me emotionally in a lot of ways. and i've done my fair share of complaining and frankly, i'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.

complaining really doesn't make me feel better. in fact, it makes me feel horrible. i hate being a burden to others but i know i can't carry the burden alone. i read James 1 just to read a couple of my favorite "Keep on truckin'" verses (James 1:2-4)


"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


we're called to face trials and tests. not because God doesn't want us to be happy, but he wants us to be "mature and complete". i have to remember this when im having a bad day and i definitely need to remember that it's only through experiencing the bad that i can rejoice in the good.

but as i continued reading, other verses from this same passage caught my attention:


"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." (verse 12)

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." (verses 17-18)


He blesses us with His love and promises and blessings through every situation. Good and bad. He allows us to experience the bad in order to experience His love and grace and mercy (the gifts he promised us).

Bad days aren't fun, but I know that through all of the trials and tests and temptations that come along with having a bad day, overcoming it by embracing the love and grace found in Christ and Christ alone, makes it all worth it. We are not perfect, but we are made perfect and when we persevere, stay wrapped in the love and grace in Christ and persevere, we shall be made "mature and complete" :)

So bring on the bad days so that I may enjoy and rejoice in the goodness of Christ :)

2 comments:

  1. "He blesses us with His love and promises and blessings through every situation. Good and bad. He allows us to experience the bad in order to experience His love and grace and mercy (the gifts he promised us)."

    Amen, and he blesses us with the bad to wean us from our love of this world. Keep fighting, Nikki.

    Brad

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  2. "So bring on the bad days so that I may enjoy and rejoice in the goodness of Christ"

    excellent word. And when one possesses Christ all that was lost to know Him is counted as rubbish when looking back on it.

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