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It is hard to imagine being the little brother to our savior.  James was that guy.  He watched his brother for his entire life live a perfect life and ironically, was killed as a common criminal.  He was then moving with the apostles and followers of Jesus to build the Church.  So as we look at his book–we realize he was facing personal persecution and the persecution of the entire church.

He opens by reminding us that we should be joyful when we go through trials in our life. That is a wild attention getter. But, truer words have not been spoken.  We would be of little use to ourselves or to others if we were not trained by the events that enter our lives.

We quickly learn to adapt our lives, adopting the lessons we learn in trials,  so that we can face the next trial in a way that honors God.  After a number of trials, the things that used to seem overwhelming become manageable in him.

Like any training, we find ourselves–almost without knowing it, walking and acting like Christ taught! That is pure joy.  It is never fun, but always great  to grow into the person God calls us to be. Thanks Lord for trusting me with trials of various kinds!

God Bless You 

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. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.