No one likes the feeling of defeat. It leaves a sour taste in our mouths, and often leaves us feeling like a total let-down. Tears are shed, and often blame is passed, it can often feel like the end of the world. It turns out that some of life’s greatest “teaching moments” aren’t found in the thrill of victory, but in the agony of defeat.
2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James understood that life would always be filled with trials. What he wanted us to understand was that those trials were opportunities; opportunities to grow, to develop character, and to persevere. Like gold purified in the fire we are only complete once our endurance is fully developed. While there are many lessons to be learned when we go through trials here are 3 for you to consider the next time life throws its toughest tests your way.
1.) Failing doesn’t make you a failure. We must learn from our mistakes and allow those lessons to prepare us for what is next.
2.) God isn’t mad at you. We often feel like the sky is falling when things don’t go our way. What we face in life is an opportunity for “great joy” because we know we are being shaped in the image of God.
3.) Trials are temporary. The sun will rise and God’s mercies are new every morning. On the other side of the test we find strength and sustainability.
How have you been shaped as a leader in times of great trial?
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David Morris is the Student Ministries Pastor at AHOP in Ohio. He is a husband, dad, and lover of UK basketball. Check out his blog here.