Heavenly Hardships

Without Pressure from the wind,
a kite never flies.
Without straining for the goal,
runners get no prize.
Without sand to irritate,
a pearl could not grow.
Without effort from the hand,
needles could not sew.
Without hindrance from the rocks,
a brook could not sing.
And without April showers,
no flowers in the spring.


James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Someone said, “If it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger”. From this passage we learn the path to becoming a mature leader.

First, we must accept hardships as an opportunity and “count it all joy”.

Second, we must recognize the value of “various trials” because they expand the potential for our growth.

Third, we must embrace the value of “patience”. By allowing patience to “have its perfect work”, we can arrive at a “complete” maturity.

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