James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

How can you be excited about being under trial? I’ve been to court before and it was terrifying! My hands were sweating, my heart was racing. All I wanted was for it to be over. But once it was over and I walked out of the courthouse, my body relaxed, the sweating stopped and I went on about my day. I never looked back. I didn’t not sit in the court room and think about what happened. I didn’t dwell on how I felt. I just wanted to leave. I just wanted to go home. I just wanted to get as far away from there as I could.

Yet when life puts us under trial, we sit in the pain. We marvel at what’s going on. We tell the story over and over. We relive it long after it has ended. Then we try to figure out why we feel so defeated. You have worked yourself up and all you can think about is what has happened. Here is the thing – it HAS HAPPENED! It’s over! Nothing you can do about it! Let it go.

Blessed are the one who goes through the trial – you made it! You stayed firm. You did not give up. You did not quit. You got a little dusty but you wiped yourself off and keep going. And because of that you will get your reward. Maybe it’s victory. Maybe it’s a lesson. Maybe it’s the satisfaction of never having to go through it again. Whatever the reward – embrace it! You deserve it! Straighten your crown and walk with your head held up!

Until Next Time,