James 1:12 – Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Do you remember when you were a child and you raced with your friends? Even if you did not win, your heart was pounding and your breath labored in your chest. The exhilaration of completing the race made you feel alive. Many people run marathons for this same reason. Sure they know that they are exercising, but more than that they yearn for the feeling of accomplishment.
Enduring difficulty can make us better people. When believers put their faith in God to get them through, they appreciate their blessings more and learn to seek the Lord at all times. Furthermore, when we have experienced hardship, we are better equipped to succor those in need. Empathy is so much better that sympathy. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Lace up. Your friends are waiting.