Just getting some pasta sauce made & listening to my ipod. Here’s a little nugget for the mom’s out there: I listen to sermons on my ipod during naptime & after bedtime when i’m doing chores. Gotta sneak that word in throughout the day folks. Anyhow, I’m listening to a sermon titled “The Life & Death of the Missional Leader”. I almost never read books twice & even less often listen to sermons twice, but i listened to this one last night & felt like i couldn’t remember what i thought was so awesome last night, so listening again. After hearing what it was that struck me so clearly, I felt compelled to share with ya’ll:
Count it all joy my brothers, when you face trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The whole sermon was full of good things, but this is what he said that I wanted to tell you:
Notice James does NOT say: Take Joy IN the trials (we’re not masochists)
he does NOT say: Take Joy AFTER the trials (we’re not hedonists)
But rather, Take Joy BECAUSE of the trial. Joy that is not based on circumstances…..an inner delight that God is God – regardless- . look at what the trial is doing in you, look at what the trial is going to produce in you. …..there are certain aspects of our character that will not develop apart from trial
There’s more, but I’ll let him preach it to you if you’re interested.