Keeping the Faith
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Difficult times are inevitable during our lives. We can only pray they aren’t too difficult, and they don’t last. Sometimes, it isn’t even our own suffering, but that of another, that has a profound effect on our lives.
It sounds so ridiculous to me, even as I say it, that my father’s fight with cancer was a life changing event for me. How self-centered it sounds that his struggle; the largest, most difficult struggle of his life, was such a pivotal event in my life, and to my faith.
Those months spent with Dad as he faced his death were some of the lowest days of my life. The phrase, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” took on a whole new meaning for me. How do you face what you know is going to kill you? Where do you find the strength to continue?
We face struggles daily in our relationships, finances, families, and careers. Granted, we’re not facing death, but often times we do still wonder if we have the strength to continue.
Yet, we do continue because we find strength in our faith. Our faith in what has been promised and the plan that has been laid out for us. It is our faith that promises, “Joy comes in the morning!”