I wanted to start a little series on my blog called “Monday Motivation.” (I know today is now Tuesday, but my computer has been on the fritz and I have to buy a new one!) My Monday Motivation series will feature a short, hopefully inspirational post about what I am learning in my quiet time with God. It is kind of like a daily devotional! I know that sometimes Mondays are hard, the start of a new week, the end of the weekend. But Mondays are just that-a fresh start! So this is to help your Monday get off on the right foot!
When troubles of any kind come your way,
consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know that when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow.
So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed,
you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2-4 NLT
None of us want to experience trouble, am I right? None of us want to go through hard times. It’s challenging, uncomfortable, difficult, hard. . . But to God, experiencing trouble is a lot like conditioning for a sport. I’m sure we all have been watching the Olympics lately (Go #TeamUSA !). We all know that those athletes didn’t just go out on their fields or arenas and just perform at the level we see, right? Absolutely not! They spent hours, days, weeks, and YEARS preparing for this ultimate challenge. They spent this time conditioning their bodies-preparing it, getting it ready for the biggest event of their life.
If you have ever played a sport, you know that conditioning is not fun. It is not fun, but it is absolutely necessary. Conditioning is long and tiring and hard, but it develops endurance! Without it, you would likely be unprepared and fail when the time of competition comes because you wouldn’t have the endurance necessary to complete the task. Proper conditioning will go above and beyond what you will actually face.
In life, sometimes troubles come our way-our faith is tested, our resolve is shaken, our strength is weakened. . . While it is easy to think that troubles happen to make us fail, they happen to make us stronger. Trouble comes to bolster our confidence in what God has done, to reveal the strength of our faith, to grow our resolve, to absolve our doubt. . . To cleanse us, to perfect us, to make us whole and complete, to give us the opportunity to experience great joy.
God sometimes takes us into troubled waters-
not to drown us,
but to cleanse us.
It is in the midst of trouble that our true selves our revealed to us. When we are tested and pushed to the limits of what we think we are capable of handling, that is when we usually find another ounce or two of courage, motivation, inner strength, stamina, and the ability to go on. Or if we find we are at the end of ourselves, that we have nothing left to give, that we are in over our heads, that we have no more strength to move on, let yourself be washed in the flood of God’s grace, love and protection that promises to make you whole and complete-even in your troubles.
When you face troubled waters, God will not let you drown, He will not leave you broken. He will cleanse you, care for you, grow you, and make you complete. Don’t be scared to face the waves today!