Sufferings, big or small.

Just yesterday, during lunch time a bunch of us were in the FISH room and Trevor led us into a discussion small group type thing. He gave us a small packet that talked about our sufferings, why doesn’t God wipe out suffering, etc. I’m not going to write a long sermon on it but one thing I read in the packet has stuck in my mind ever since.

“Problems can make us better if we refuse to let them make us bitter.”

That’s what I’ve always believed in. I didn’t put it that way, I’ve always had to explain it more but when I read this quote, my eyes drew to it. Because I knew thats the way I think and that’s how I get through most things along with friends and family- and God.

I’m struggling, some of my friends are struggling, sometimes I feel so helpless. I don’t know what to do, then I just get irritated because I wish things would get better. But I need to be their support, to who ever’s struggling. It’s these times that God challenges us to hand over our problems to Him, to believe, trust in Him, to grow in Him and to grow as a person.

“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3

Take a minute or two, pray for someone who is suffering and or going through a crisis. It may seem small to you, but in God’s kingdom, every light shines.

cheers

– j

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