The Challenge — Day 122

Today’s Scripture: Luke 21:1-19
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“By your endurance you will gain your souls.” Webster’s defines endurance as the ability to withstand something difficult for a long period of time.

My brothers and sisters, 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 be mature and complete, lacking in nothing
James 1:1-4

Take a look at what happens when we let endurance fully effect us. We become mature… complete… lacking in nothing. This dear friends brings hope. Hope in all those circumstances we feel are pointless or even unnecessary. James encourages us to face even the tough stuff with joy. 
Today, when you face a challenge, find yourself enduring, consider it all joy.

Jesus, You say persecution and trials offer us opportunity to testify about You.
Change my perspective on how I view challenging circumstances of any kind.
Fill me with joy at the prospect of offering testimony of who You are,
even if the one I’m testifying to is myself.
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