Read James 1:2-8
I hate making decisions. I hate it further when I make the decision to sin.
The trials in my life are not meant to tear me down, but rather to build me up. No matter my decision, the outcome has a lesson for me that if I choose to learn, I will be better for it.
There was a quote I once heard that I live by. “It’s not what you do, it’s what you do after what you did.”
Did I learn my lesson the last time I sinned? What led to my decision to sin? What was my thought process? When could I have made a different choice?
By analyzing my decision making process, I can eliminate problems and grow closer to God. It’s not easy for anyone. The closer I get, the more it feels like I endure, but like lifting weights you never get stronger if you do not increase the weight resistance.
Therefore, we should rejoice in the resistance we endure because it makes our faith stronger.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” – James 1:2