It is time for Five Minute Friday with Lisa Jo and the blogging community. We gather together to write for just five minutes. No over-thinking or over-editing. It is fast and easy blogging, just what this body of mine needs! This week the writing prompt is "nothing."
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
When it comes to strength and energy, I am lacking. When it comes to physical ability to stand, cook, clean, do laundry, and go shopping, I am lacking. There is much that my body cannot do. Physically, life isn’t particularly comfortable. But as my husband has said, “God cares more about our sanctification than He does about our comfort.”
There is purpose in my health troubles. There is purpose in the various trials I face. In the book of James, God says that “the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” Through the challenges I face with my health, I am learning endurance. I am learning to persevere. I press on so that I will one day be “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Maturity and growing in holiness is the goal. For this reason I can count these trials as joy! Though I lack the physical strength and endurance that I desire, my spiritual strength and endurance continue to grow, pressing me on to maturity. And one day when Jesus returns, I will be lacking in nothing.
How is God growing you so that one day you will be mature and complete, lacking in nothing?
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