James 1:3 “because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
The best way to become good at ping pong is to practice. It’s not as easy as it looks and as the game progresses it gets harder, your hand starts to tire, the little white ball begins to blur and you start acting more on reflex than skill… until finally someone misses and a point is scored. But the only way to get better is to keep playing.
I am a welder. There are many welders where I work that have the proper tickets to show that they are capable of welding, but not all of them are great welders. It takes field experience to become a good welder. It takes experience and pride in your work to become a great welder. Sometimes you even become a good grinder before you become a good welder because you spend so much time grinding off the bad welds. You need to learn the settings and the technique but you also need to learn about different metals, positions, and seams. It isn’t just a matter of mixing wire, gas, and metal. I have ten years of experience and it has taken a lot of training to get where I am. It has taken failure to learn the right way.
Just like ping pong or a career, our faith takes time and it can’t grow without being tested. Sometimes when we are surrounded by people who are very negative or focused only on worldly things, it can be a real test of our faith to still be the light. It can seem like they are so empty that our light begins to dim.
Lately I have spent a lot of time observing people and I have noticed that if you wait long enough, even the most disgruntled person has a glimpse of cheer in them. You will see it with a slight tilt of a smile, or a short laugh, a glimmer in their eyes. It isn’t easy to persevere though, because life can be tiring. There are times that you must deal with difficult people and it can be hard to love them. Everyone has a light though because Jesus has given every person the ability to turn to Him.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”
We need to stand firm in the trials or when we are dealing with people who do not know Jesus. We need to ensure that our light shines to those around us and when it gets hard we need to remember that no matter what we do, God is still God and He always will be. He doesn’t change. We also need to remember that His work is all around us. Creation will testify to His name whether people are willing to see it or not.
People travel all around the world to visit the different wonders of God’s majesty. All people long for something greater than themselves. We gaze into the stars, bask in the sunlight, climb a mountain, or go to the zoo to see the magnificence of the animals. People continuously seek out the things that God has created because they are called to Him.
So, when it gets hard during the trial, look around and remember that God is in control and He has taken the stage, you are just there to send out the invitations.
May we grow in our faith and share the joy that is Jesus in us,