… whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may mature and complete, lacking for nothing. — James 1:2-4.
James sounds like a football coach or a personal trainer telling us to enjoy our workout and exhaustion — the more we are tested the stronger we become, etc. When I read the scripture this morning I wanted to say, “James, that’s easy for you to say.” I used to think something similar when my football coach used to push me to run up and down stadium steps until I passed out.
Truth is the coach was right, I did become stronger, and so is James. Every person is going through a trial right now with the pandemic, and it’s hard to see any joy or good result out of this tragedy. Yet, we will become stronger as individuals, and a nation, and as a world. The virus has already caused us to appreciate health care workers and others who provide us basic service, and it has drawn us together in a common cause to defeat the virus.
I look forward to the day, and let’s hope it comes soon, when we all can say the virus is gone, and we are more “mature and complete, lacking for nothing.”