”Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  [James 1:2, 3]

Who would say no to a life of ‘no lack’?  It’s the process that strikes a chill in the heart.  James says it takes all kinds of trials to produce perseverance, perseverance that matures spiritual life and results in living in a place of ‘no lack!

Few words but reality is it’s a lifetime process.  Fighting malaria in Africa is no picnic—there I was schedule all in place, all I had to do was push toward the priorities I had set.  Three times the spirit said…no…three times I pushed forward thinking of course that I was ‘doing’ the right thing—until there was no strength left and I sunk into a place of darkness.

Then the Light shone and I heard the voice of God—listen closely or it will not go well with you—do not move on—you not only put yourself in jeopardy but your family—that stopped me—I didn’t need to know why.

As one reader wrote– Moving from task to relationship is a difficult balance in which you beat yourself up on both sides.   However, if perseverance is not worked out first through relationships—tasks are empty, useless and damaging.

This journey is not ‘easy’ as in trouble free but ”…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” [1 John 1:7]

Further reading:  Proverbs 22:17 – Isaiah 42:16 – 1 John 1

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