Count It All Joy

by Terry Wane Benton

It's not what happens to you that matters so much as what you do with what happens to you. Who would have thought that Helen Keller would have mattered so much with all the handicaps she was dealt in life? Great people of great faith learn to turn trials into stepping stones to climb higher in faith and turn a trial into an opportunity.

There are two choices we have before us when bad things happen to us:

  1. feel sorry for ourselves and throw a pity party, or
  2. count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance (James 1:2-3).

Since you are in a race for a prize (I Corinthians 9:24-27), and endurance is key to obtaining the prize, know that if you choose option #2, you are strengthening your ability to get there, but if you choose option #1 (self-pity and loss of heart) you are most likely to give up and miss out on the prize. Choose option #2, and develop durability for the prize ahead in Christ!

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