by Jay Kelly
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4
My wife, Carol, came up with this idea of being thankful for the tough times in the past and all the benefit that came from the struggle. Life is a series of peaks and valleys. If not for the valley before and behind we would never celebrate the summit with fists in the air and that feeling of accomplishment in our hearts.
I did some climbing years ago with some courageous disciples, Phil Hildebrand, George Sowards and Clay Jackson. We climbed all over Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite’s Cathedral Peak, Pt. Dume in Malibu and other amazing locations. There is no reward if the struggle isn’t real. The summit is only as sweet as the challenge was to get there. (Yes, that’s me fifteen years ago)
Some of our past struggles may still bring some pain as we revisit them. Find the blessing in those struggles. How did you grow? What did you learn? Identify each summit for every struggle and attach value to those tough times with gratitude in your heart.
Make a two-column list:
Struggles I’ve Survived and Strengths That Have Surfaced
Have fun growing in gratitude today. Hope this helps. See you tomorrow,