2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
If I can be honest, I am not really good at considering it a joyful experience when I am going through a trial. I don’t even handle a bad day that well, most of the time. I find it interesting that this scripture states that when perseverance finishes its work that I will be mature and complete. Even though I know that perseverance will not be finished with me until heaven. It is in the trials of life, that it is most evident that I need Jesus. Through Him and the work of the Holy Spirit I have the perseverance to get out of bed in the mornings on the really hard days. But I guess, if I didn’t get out of bed, and if I tried to hide from my problems than I wouldn’t be allowing perseverance to finish its work, would I? I am also so incredibly thankful that God gave me my children. Their joy, laughter, and antics bring a smile to my face on the hardest days. My children remind me of the purpose and plan that God has for me everyday, including the hard ones.