Life is full of choices. Some choices are as simple as will I eat the chocolate chip cookie or the sugar cookie. (My world, my dilemmas) Ha.
Okay, I’m kidding about the cookies, sorta.
But seriously, sometimes we are faced with difficult and hard life choices. Especially when circumstances are stacking up against us and the logical thing seems to be to give up and find an easier way. However, easier is not always better.
This month, my Bible study group has decided to read through the book of James. When I read the first verse that said:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2
I knew that I was in for it. God was going to start speaking to me about standing firm and not giving up on certain things in my life.
More than that, as if to reiterate this life lesson, while writing my latest Lavender Vale book, Blessed Gifts, I realized the theme was leaning toward this very issue. Ben Brown has made some bad choices and is dealing with the consequences of those choices. In the story, he is presented with an easy out, but not without a price.
While writing Ben’s story, I came to realize that perhaps I needed to practice what I wrote about. Ha. The easy way will always be there, tempting us, telling us that we deserve it, we don’t need to make life more difficult than it already is. Even Jesus understands this. He was tempted by the master tempter himself, wasn’t he? God could have taken the easy way and never given us a choice in the garden to obey. He didn’t have to. Did he?
He gets it. And I suppose as I wrote this story, I was working out making the harder choices that would take more effort, take more time, require more risk… yet, there is the promise for something grand is waiting for us.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
A crown is given to someone who rules over something. Every time we triumph over a trial, overcome an obstacle, or beat something that controls us, we rule that thing that was standing in our way. It no longer rules us.
If you’d like to read more about my thoughts on this, hop over to my blog post about Doing Hard Things.
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