Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend….I was at a wedding in Detroit with my husband’s family, and it was beautifulJ I’ll try and post some pictures later. Also on the agenda last weekend was watching the OLYMPICS! I seriously love them so much. Every year I get way too excited about them, and usually end up watching the action every night they are on! Die hard fan right here. I got to watch some of the equestrian cross country jumping this morning, which is what I used to do (well—not at the Olympic level haha). It was so awesome!
On a different note, I wanted to go back and take a look at a verse from Proverbs that I read a few weeks back…
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”
Sometimes I wonder why we have to go through certain things. Wouldn’t life be much simpler if it were easy and carefree all the time? Wouldn’t it be easier if we didn’t have trials or struggles to deal with? It might sound easier, but in the long run those trials make us into the people God has called us to be. Just as the furnace is used to refine gold, so God uses trials in our lives to refine US and make us SHINE.
Think about it like this. Say you’re an athlete, and you REALLY want to go to the Olympics in your sport of choice. If you won all the time, and never had anything bad happen to you, would you truly be able to appreciate that moment when you finally made it? Not having any trials along the way may sound like the easiest and best choice, but in the end it won’t mean as much. I’m sure you’ve heard some of the remarkable Olympic comeback stories—how certain athletes will seriously injure themselves, think they won’t be able to complete again, decide not to give up, and then end up winning the gold medal. It’s the challenges that make us stronger.
God challenges us in the same way—to make us stronger. If there is something you are struggling with, or there’s a trial in your life that seems impossible to overcome, don’t give up. Keep on fighting. Keep on pressing on. In the end you will be a stronger person, and have a stronger faith, because of it.
Hope you are all having a great week so farJ God Bless!