Have you ever quit on things and later regretted it?? Give up on college because it was hard? Give up on a job that had good potential because you could not get along with boss or coworker? Did you give up on a marriage? Did you give up on God? Do you ever think, ”I wish I would not give up so fast”? Have you ever looked at your past and seen a string of quitting places and wondered what it would be like if you had more endurance?
What if you could change that?
The good news is: God gives endurance! And He has a plan in motion to get that endurance into your life. It is not a hormone treatment, or a quick fix method. It is something very different. I call it the TRIALS OF LIFE.
One couple that my wife and I knew and loved tried and tried to have a baby. After much effort and money, she finally became pregnant. They were overjoyed. In fact, our whole church was ecstatic. Just before the delivery, the baby had trouble and he died just after his birth. We all cried our way through the funeral. But the mom and dad just stayed in faith. There they stood, not understanding, but trusting God. While their baby boy had been in Neonatal ICU, the mom noticed other parents grieving over their babies. After the funeral she went back to that same NICU and began to pray for those other babies and their parents. One of those babies had been abandoned. The baby girl had a physical handicap and the mother had just left her there. Our couple friends decided to adopt the girl. Instead of being bitter and resentful, they decided to help others. The rest of us just watched in awe at what this couple was doing.
Then the God thing happened. She became pregnant again. Incredible! In less than two years that couple whose faith was sorely tested had two children. They had endured, and seen its good fruit!
Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. [James 1:2-4]