"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” — James 1:2-4 (MSG)This morning I’m reminded of what made me fall in love with Pittsburgh. It's a city brimming with resilience. When the chips are down, they find a way to keep moving forward. I’m a little afraid though, many of us give up too quickly. I wonder if our relative lack of conflict and struggle has left us with very little spiritual strength. Ultra-Marathon runners will run 50 and even 100 miles at a time during which they push through starvation (yep, they literally deplete their body of every nutrient simulating severe starvation), sleep deprivation, and fatigue. Our bodies, our minds, and especially our faith are capable of so much more than we realize. Can the church and it's people really know their limits without pain? If we let it, pain grows us, refines us, and even motivates us. Pain brings clarity to what is truly important which leads to a unique kind of confidence. Its a confidence in knowing there is no quitting, no backing down. Life presents a challenge and it matters little what others think, because we have no choice, we either figure it out or become a victim. This young girl intrinsically new she was more than a victim, she was an overcomer. So here’s a challenge for us this week, learn from those who suffer. Pay attention to who they are. We may find some are truly broken, to them we are light in their darkness. Others, the irrepressible ones, will blow our minds. Their faith will be vibrant, their resilience will be unflappable, and their joy will shine brilliantly in-spite of the circumstances. Most people don’t really know their limits. Most churches don't really know what impact they are capable of. We are capable of deep, mature faith. Faith that brings hope, grace, and peace to a world searching. I pray we push, we strain, and we rise above so we may see all God has put inside us. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) [subscribe2]
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