The Happiness You Seek May Not Present Itself The Way You Had Anticipated

Who can relate?

Since happiness can come in many forms, such as joy, fulfillment, contentment, euphoria, etc. It can sometimes be difficult to see when you have accomplished your goal of being happy.

If this sounds strange, then look at it this way.

If you had imagined that to be really happy you would need to be retired, with an excellent pension, so that you have both the time and money to do things you enjoy, then it can come as a surprise to find that if you simply reorganise your working week, go part-time and prioritize your hobbies, you are already nearly there!

The reason for this is that you had anticipated needing time and wealth in order to be happy, when what you actually needed was time and the ability to reallocate your resources. Furthermore, you may have expected that you would need to retire in order to free up your time when in fact cutting down on your working hours, or working from home part of the week can also accomplish the same thing.

Necessarily, if you are willing to encompass happiness in whatever form it may present itself, and even to enjoy it in different forms according to the occasion., then you are likely to lie low in far more places than you imagined, just waiting to be unearthed and enjoyed. Don’t forget that the journey can provide happiness along the way too, so try to get into the habit of enjoying what you have, at each point along the way.

NB: Happiness can both be subjective and elusive, but it can also be found in the most unlikely places, and on a daily basis.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Who Are You, and Who Do You Want to be?

Hi guys!

Typically, when you look for role models, you want someone who has your interests and came from the same background. Well, look how restricting that is. What people should do is take role models à la carte. If there’s someone whose character you appreciated, you respect that trait – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Know Yourself

The inspiration provided by role models can be useful short cut to a quick fix of feeling good. But in order for this to work, you first need to know yourself. At first glance this may sound obvious – indeed, you might well assume that you already know yourself rather well! The truth, however is that usually we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do. This can be for some reasons listed below.

  • A lack of self awareness
  • Not wanting to look at ourselves too closely, either consciously or subconsciously
  • Assuming that we already know ourselves and therefore don’t need to look
  • Not wanting to face weaknesses

It is only by knowing yourself on every level and in every way that you can fully benefit from the example set by role models.

Inspiring Role Models

Once you have identified your strengths and weaknesses, your character traits, how you think and how you behave, so on… you will have a good understanding of the gaps you need to be able to fill in order to make the best of every situation. You are now in the best position to choose a role model/models, by identifying people who are strong in the areas in which you are weak.

You need to select role models who will inspire you When faced with a difficult problem, by being able to think through what they might do, and how they might overcome the challenges with which you are faced.

Who Do You Want To Be?

Following your role models can be a fun way to share in their successes, but in order to enjoy such achievements yourself, you will need to decide not only what you want to do with your life, but who you want to be. Trying thinking of yourself as the blank canvas actors assume before creating a character. You could be anything, do anything and achieve anything you want to. So what is it that you really want to do? Who would you want to be this time next year, in five or ten years time? Think of your role models in terms of life and career, but more successful.

A persistent and lasting happiness is difficult to achieve if you are not happy with who you are, but by improving yourself a little everyday you will ensure that you move consistently closer to becoming a ‘you’ who you want to be, and to achieving the happiness you desire.

Learn To Sit Back And Observe

Hey guys!

This topic is not new to most of you but dropping this year as a reminder.

In life, we need to learn to sit back and observe things. Not everything needs a reaction all the time.
You will meet someone tomorrow who has better intentions for you than someone you’ve known forever. Time means nothing, character does.

Character is everything in life. A bad character is like a foul smell that leaves a stench everywhere you go and you can’t go far with it. Practice being yourself and you will realize how beautiful you are. Trying to be someone else will only make you ugly.
Getting no message is also a message.

Trust in the Lord and His word. He cannot disappoint you. It’s not in His nature.

Walk with God and you’ll never be alone.

Peace and Love 🙏❤️😇

The Single Best Way to Respond to Difficult Times in Your Life

This is a guest post and a reminder that your testimony is here.

We all face difficult times in our lives. I’ve learned that there is one way to respond that is supreme and will help you, preserver, in life.

Some time ago, I was in a season of life that I was ready to be out of as soon as I entered it. If you’re reading this (and you’re human), you know exactly what I’m talking about. Thankfully, I made it through these difficult times, which we always do. But this time was different because I found an alternative way to respond.

I am wired in a way that I always immediately try to fix everything that isn’t right. (Sound familiar?) And during this difficult time I’m referring to in this blog post, that’s exactly what I started doing.

But this difficult time in my life was different from any prior experience…

I couldn’t fix or change what I was going through. As a result, I quickly became exhausted. I put a lot of time into trying to fix everything. Then one morning, I broke. You see, I had been pleading with God for weeks on this matter. But I would continuously ask God for the same thing over-and-over. But this morning, I decided to do something different.

Instead of asking God to fix my problems because I couldn’t, I instead decided to sit quietly and listen for His voice. Sounds simple, but when I just wanted everything “back to normal” or to be fixed in my life, it took a lot to sit quietly and not ask for God to intervene on my behalf to improve my situation.

When I finally got quiet before God, He responded.

I’ll never forget it. I heard God speak clearly, and I wasn’t sitting quietly for hours; no, it happened pretty quick! Do you want to know what God said to me that morning?

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

That is all He said—nothing more, nothing less. I remember sitting there for a moment in shock. Then I was left with those words echoing in my head.

It was a strange moment of revelation and peace. I realized at that moment that my job wasn’t to fix or even change the difficult times I was facing. In fact, there was probably a purpose for what I was going through. What God wanted for me to do was to be still, which means to be at peace with Him, knowing in the end, He would take care of me.

A few weeks later, I stumbled upon a Bible verse that ended up being strangely familiar.

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

I had no idea that the very words God spoke to me were also in the Bible! But, it was a similar moment of revelation and internal peace. A moment that I, to this day, am eternally grateful for.

During these few tough weeks of my life, I ended up learning that there are times that we need to take a step back, exalt God for who He is, and be faithful in trusting God through our difficulties. We need to remember that He knows everything we are going through, good or bad. No matter what season of life you may be in, good or bad, I encourage you to don’t be in a rush for the next thing. Take a step back, and refocus on God and His goodness. Thank Him for where you are!

Are you wondering what I was struggling with during this season of my life?

I typically like to give context in my blog posts, but I am intentionally leaving it out today. Not to seem private or secretive, but instead to further prove a point. It doesn’t matter what we’re going through or what we’re struggling with. It could be big, and it could be small, no matter what, though, God is in control. If we can learn to be still and know that He is God, then, in the end, we will make it through what we’re facing in life.

Ultimately, here is the point I want to get across to you today:

God is in the midst of every season of your life, even the difficult times. Be still today; exalt God for who He is.

In conclusion of this blog post, I wanted to end it with a scripture speaking to me ever since I was a child; I believe it relates heavily to what I’m sharing today.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 26:1-6
I don’t know what you’re going through in life right now or what you may be struggling with. But I know that no matter how good or bad things are right now, the best thing you can do is slow down, be still, and know that God is still God and He is still in full control of your situation.

This piece relates to what am going through in my life. I decided to share with everyone facing a storm in their life.

Comment and share!

Special credit to Alex Sanfilippo

A Reminder: Don’t Be a Slave to your Dreams

Sometimes you are obsessed with what you think your life would be like if you had all the things you wished you had. Instead of enjoying your life as it is, even if it is not comfortable. But surely things will change because the situation is not permanent.

NB: Even though you do not know if achieving them would in fact make you any happier than you are now. Rather than living in the present, and enjoying it to the full, you are using your vision of how much better you think your life would be, as a form of defence, so that you don’t have to face the reality of life.

I am guilty of this most times and sure you can relate also.

You are keeping the real world at a distance, by pretending that is only temporary for you, that at any time your life will change and your prayers will be answered. But if you stop chasing your impossible dreams, and focus on your life as it really is, you will find that you already have everything you need to be completely happy.

In essence, stop chasing your tail.

Let’s Create a Path To Make The World a Better Place Again.


In the beginning of trying new things or hoping for a better journey, that is when storm comes by surprise.

It feels good to be back.

Last year took everyone by storm with the surprise visit of Covid-19. Starting 2020 never seem to have ended the way it did. But eventually the storm struck and almost one quarter of the world’s population died, while some are still fighting for their lives.

Why am I writing this?

I have come to understand that you can plan for the new year, but also plan for the challenges. We all pray this new year will be different and will benefit many of us. But also watch out!

A lot of people are out of jobs including myself. The weirdest thing about mine was that they terminated my contract long before I knew something was fishing. A lot of businesses shut down, food prices increased, fuel and electricity bill increased, and so much more.. But most especially loosing a loved one. 😢😥

In all, some individuals still made billions.

Now what I propose is to start finding new ideas to solving problems. A lot of people might be broke, but a lot also made some cool cash.

So I have taken it upon myself to start meditating in prayers for direction. This year will definitely be different from last year. Let’s take it upon ourselves to help one another,  communicate more, and spread positivity.

NB: Don’t look at the challenges affecting the world now, instead find a path where you can make it a better place once again. #quote by me.

I believe that we can win. 💪🙏

Give Yourself Permission To Rest

You don’t want to agree to too many favors at once. You don’t want your to-do list to run a mile long. You don’t want to be overloaded by your responsibilities. You don’t want to burn yourself out.

Give yourself permission to rest. You shouldn’t feel like you always need to be on the go or you’re failing somehow. Not every single day is meant to be a productive day. Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is give yourself a break. If you keep going, then you’re going to wear yourself down and then you aren’t going to be able to get anything done.

Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty about having a good time. Don’t let anyone convince you it’s irresponsible to take a day off when you’ve been working nonstop for weeks, months, years. Your whole life isn’t supposed to revolve around work. You’re supposed to have fun too. You’re supposed to have a life outside of the office.

Don’t go too long without giving yourself a break — and don’t be too hard on yourself when you need to take that break. Don’t believe the lie that you are going to be unsuccessful because you aren’t working 24/7. You’re not lazy for spending an extra hour in bed. You’re not lazy for using your vacation days or your sick days. You’re not lazy for taking care of yourself.

Set boundaries. Create a strict separation between your home life and your work life. Don’t allow yourself to think about your to-do list during certain points of the day, whether that’s when you’re eating dinner with your family or when you’re getting drinks with your friends. Make sure when you’re around your loved ones, you’re present with them and actually paying attention to them. Make sure your mind is not wandering back to work.

Make sure you treat your mental health as a priority because it’s way too easy to let it slide. It’s way too easy to push your own needs to the background in order to focus on the things you feel are more important. It’s way too easy to neglect yourself when you should be pampering yourself.

Try not to think of downtime as a bad thing. Try to enjoy the moments when you aren’t doing anything except enjoying the silence. Try to retrain the way you think about doing nothing because it’s not actually a bad thing. It’s healthy to relax. It’s healthy to forget about your work for a while.

Give yourself permission to rest. Give yourself permission to pause. Give yourself permission to actually enjoy your life instead of spending every waking moment working.

Yes, you need money to pay the bills and yes, you need to put in a lot of effort if you want to succeed with your passions, but you also need to take breaks. You also need to make sure your mind stays sharp. You also need to prevent yourself from burning out.

11 Powerful Affirmations To Use Daily

Affirmations are a great way to prime our minds for success, repeating positive affirmations daily can have a profound effect on the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Starting the day with positive affirmations can help us to set the tone for anything we want to achieve thereafter.

  1. I am worthy of what I seek.
  2. I am capable of greatness.
  3. I am good enough.
  4. I am worthy of love.
  5. I am grateful to be alive today.
  6. I can have anything I desire.
  7. I am worthy of a loving relationship.
  8. I see myself with unconditional positive regard.
  9. I am in the process of manifesting my dream life.
  10. I refuse to settle for anything less than my true worth.
  11. I am grateful for the people I surround myself with.

Be positive with a sound vibe!

Trust The Part Of Yourself That Tells You To Move On

Trust the part of yourself that tells you when something needs to be over. The part that tells you that you need to end a certain chapter and start a new one. The part that tells you when something has served its purpose. Trust the part of yourself that keeps waking you up at night nudging you to grow out of your comfort zone and try something new. Something bold. Something exciting. Something that will bring you back to life.

Trust the part of yourself that knows there’s so much more to you. There’s more to life. There’s more than what you’re settling for. There’s more to your life than boredom, discomfort and anxiety.

Trust the part of yourself that’s hungry for abundance, growth, inspiration and meaning. Trust the part of yourself that begs you for change. Whether getting a new job, moving to a new city, losing certain people to make room for new ones or just working on yourself and exploring new habits. Trust the part of yourself that begs you to leave certain things. The part that knows that staying any longer will do more harm than good.

Trust the part of yourself that believes against all odds that things will work out in your favor when you take a leap of faith. The part that propels you to break the rules and take the road less traveled and give up your security for a little bit to start a new adventure that could change your life. Trust the part of yourself that sounds crazy because a little bit of madness is sometimes all you need to pursue your biggest dreams.

Trust the part of yourself that just knows when something isn’t right or when something is no longer good for you even if it’s hard to admit. Trust the part of yourself that is pushing you to end things you’re not ready to end because this part just knows that something better is right around the corner but you have to make some space for it. You have to be empty first before you can be full again.

Trust the part of yourself that knows when it’s time to move on because that part also knows what moving on will teach you. The new doors that will open. The new opportunities that will come up when you take a risk. The things that will come find you when you declare that you are searching and that you’re free.

Trust the part of yourself that tells you when to let go because that means a new beginning awaits you and deep inside you know it’s been too long since something came along that made you look forward to tomorrow. Deep inside you know that you are in desperate need of change. Deep inside you know that you can’t live a new life if you are still clinging to the old one that no longer fulfills you.

Trust the part of you that knows when it’s time to say goodbye. The part that may not have a perfect plan for the future but it has faith that something big is coming along once start stepping out so you can reach it. Once you start driving on a different road to find it.

Guest post from Rania Naim about self Improvement and growth.

The Strength In Our Scars

Trace the scars life has left you in. It will remind you that at one point in life, you fought for something you believed in.


You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Rules To Be Hardcore In Life

Some serious rules to look at when dealing with life. This is what I call fearless motivation.

  • Know that your only competition is who you were yesterday.
  • Earn, save, and invest before you spend.
  • Avoid negative people, life is too short.
  • If you don’t go after what you want, you will never get it.
  • See failure at a beginning, not an end.
  • Out habits decide our future.

You might be familiar with one or two points, yes! It is something you have heard before, but am listing it again because no more room for negativity or laziness.

Spread the word!

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Sometimes An Ending Can Be A Blessing In Disguise

Sometimes endings force you to find new beginnings. They force you to step up and fill that void but you end up finding a lot more about yourself. You end up finding something better for you. You end up wishing you had ended things a lot sooner or had the courage to walk away from the things and the people who no longer inspire you. Things that no longer move you.

We don’t need to mourn all endings. We don’t need to be sad just because we were taught that endings are bad. Some endings are happy or they lead to happier endings. Some endings may be hard to swallow at first but when you look past the pain, you see the wisdom and the lesson behind it, the opportunities that it brought you and the person it made you.

You find a lot more blessings in endings than you do in beginnings. Beginnings are exciting and sometimes you can overlook what you really want or how it could change your life because you’re in love with the thrill of it. You’re addicted to the idea that something new is happening in your life but the real blessings are in endings. When things end and you’re forced to look deeper into the whys and the hows. When things end and you’re confronted by a million questions that push you to find important answers.

Ironically, the hardest endings are always the ones that are best for us. The hardest endings always bring the biggest joys.

But the most beautiful part of endings is that they show you what’s meant to be yours and what’s not. It’s God’s way of taking care of you. It’s God’s way of moving you to a new direction. It’s God’s message to you and you can’t go wrong with that. His plan is better than yours.

So maybe the title is a little misleading, it’s not just ‘sometimes,’ it’s all the time. Endings are always a blessing in disguise.

Endings should be celebrated just like new beginnings. They hold so many opportunities. So much freedom. So much hope.

Rebuilding Our Relationship with God

Originally posted by Joshua Reid.

We all go through seasons in our lives when we have to focus on rebuilding our relationship with God. If this is you, here’s what the Bible tells us to do.

C.S. Lewis once said that “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” How does our relationship with God grow when we stumble?

According to Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), “5.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

As this scripture says, we are to trust in the Lord with everything we have, acknowledging who He is and He, in turn, will direct our paths.

When we stumble in our relationship with God and acknowledge our transgression against Him, He picks us up again and starts anew, like a child on a bike.

As heirs of God through Jesus Christ, we are called to be set apart from the world around us and renew our minds.

Our relationship with God stems from our obedience to Him and our desire to bring glory to His Name, but can we do this when we are giving into our earthly desires?

Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV) says, “16. I say then, ‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

We are called to walk in the Spirit and as such, with the Spirit’s guidance, our relationship with God continues forward.

However, like little children, we sometimes need the Holy Spirit to hold our hand and guide us in the right direction. As Christians, if we want to rebuild our relationship with God, we sometimes have to go back to our child-like mindset of putting our trust into our Heavenly Father.

In the Gospels, Jesus talks about little children in regard to faith and humility and in the Gospel of Matthew, we see this is Matthew 18:4.

So, how do we as Christians learn to rebuild our relationship with God?

Through my own experiences, I’ve come to recognize a couple of lessons about rebuilding my relationship with God.

1). Learning to Humble Myself Before God

James 4:10 (NKJV) says, “10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

Learning to humble myself before God is not an easy task because of my own desire to do what I please and I’ve noticed how this affects my understanding of God and my relationship with Him.

However, through an understanding of what it means to be humble, I learned to rebuild my relationship with God by trusting Him and humbling myself.

By humbling ourselves before God, we acknowledge that He is the person we should put our focus on.

2). Stopping and Listening for God’s direction

In order for us to rebuild our relationship with God, it requires us to stop and listen for God’s direction.

In life, we can become so busy that we neglect to spend time in God’s Word and cultivating that intimacy with Him that we need for spiritual nourishment.

Psalms 46:10 (NKJV) says, “10. Be Still and Know I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

When we learn to stop and listen to God’s voice, we can understand more about who He is and what He wants from us: to exalt His name among the nations.

3). Cultivating the relationship is Not Easy

As stated before, rebuilding our relationship with God isn’t going to be easy. When we let ourselves become fixated on the desires of the world instead of God, we stumble but we get back up and try again.

When we seek to rebuild our relationship with God, we have to first ask ourselves: Are we rebuilding our relationship with God in order to bring Him glory?

C.S. Lewis stated, “Man is to be understood only in his relationship with God.”

As Christians, we should learn not just from these lessons but from the ones in our own relationship with God.

The understanding of our relationship with God stems from who we are as Christians, even more as human beings. If we are to rebuild our relationship with God, we might have to begin as little children, trusting our Heavenly Father and the Spirit to guide us in the direction He has called for us.

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Thankful, Grateful and Humble No Matter What

Life has a way of taking you by surprise. No matter how much planning you do, you can’t predict it all. But in everything you can be thankful and humble.

Have you ever stepped back, evaluated your life and thought to yourself, “there’s no way I deserve these blessings… But God!” Even during struggles and trials I always remind myself that things could be much worse. God has this amazing way of taking events in our lives and turning them into miracles. Paths that we start on and maybe think will end a certain way, but then God blows our mind and makes it amazing.

My dad could have not seen his grandchildren, I could be without a job, my friend could have passed away from cancer or whatever sickness, my grandmother could have lived and still be in extreme pain, confusion, and suffering. There’s always the other side of the coin. It’s in these times, that I am thankful, grateful and humble,… no matter what.

Although scripture was written when Jesus was raises Lazarus from the tomb, it’s relevance is the same: “Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”” John‬ ‭11:40‬ ‭NIV

Believing and having faith through the noise is hard, trust me I know. I have experienced times where my faith was tested and tried. Whether it was when i lost my job, while my wife was pregnant, or even when my friend was hospitalized with sickness. It’s during these times we can often wonder how strong we really are.

Blind faith is what we are called to have.

After failing my professional exams and being discouraged and afraid to take the exam again, my faith was tried. I had lost hope in myself and doubted my abilities. After several months of losing my job, I was beginning to lose hope in the possibility of receiving an employment letter. Being humble and resolving myself to know that everything is in God’s hands, not my own, is one of the ways I was able to remain thankful and grateful.  Even in the midst of the unknown, I knew my heavenly Father would glorify it all.

Grateful, Thankful

If my mindset was different, I would not have been able to push through every day, going to offices or sending my resume to apply for jobs, studying everyday to improve myself and also to write my exams.  I would have stopped, given up, thrown my hands up in the air, and said, “screw it all.” And trust me, that would have been the easy route.  Running away and taking my ball home to play by myself.

Trusting God during difficult times takes work.

Choosing what has your focus is key. If all of your issues have your focus, then you will never have light in your life.  If you are focusing on different options and the many ways to improve your situations, you will have more of a positive outlook on things. Be humble and allow God to be your focus, not other things.  Those “other things” are complicating your life.

Calming the noise and finding peace in the quite is also important. We all get busy with the hustle and bustle of life and when we are in the throws of life, we don’t have peace.  Without peace, we can’t hear from God.  If we are not hearing from God, we are not able to find rest in his love and comfort.

Giving everything over to God and trusting in His perfect timing is a must. I don’t know about you, but I have control issues… hi my name is Virginia, ha! But seriously, I feel better when I know I have control of things. The when, the how, everything under the sun. But I find that I have peace when I give every timeline to God.“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Being humble allows you the time to let God lift you to greater and more amazing doors in life. Staying humble means recognizing that we are not on this earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.

 Virginia A. DePratter, inspired me to post this. Am grateful!

How to be Full of Joy Even if You’re Suffering Right Now

We can be full of joy in the midst of our suffering if only we can see the flip side to it and not just the side that invokes pain. (It’s about perspective)- Sho

Suffering implies experiencing discomfort. No one likes discomfort. But, how you embrace it depends on your perspective. In this post, I’m going to explain how to be full of joy even if you’re suffering.

ou may view suffering as a consequence of actions that led you out of God’s protection or covering. Such a view perceives hardship as a sign that sin is lurking somewhere in your life. You may also view it as an attack from the enemy. In either case, you are naturally inclined to do whatever it takes for the pain to stop or difficulty to end. Could you, however, be missing God’s work in the midst of all this?

In Romans 5 NIV, as Paul makes a case for the basis of our salvation through faith in Christ, he throws in an interesting comment on suffering in verse 3 and 4

“… but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope …”

This is interesting because what we see here is that if we endure suffering, the end state is that it produces character and hope. And this is a reason to rejoice. We see a similar assertion in James 1: 2-4 NIV.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

In essence, suffering, trials and hardship can be a tool in God’s hands to makes us more like Christ.

Joy

God can use suffering, trials, and hardship as tools when we endure, rather than try to escape or avoid it. Just like the soreness and pain from working out, we can endure the discomfort because God is using it to make us more like Jesus, even if we may not completely get it at the moment.

When that crazy driver next to you is testing your patience on the road, or that rude co-worker or you experience a series of unfortunate events, think on these things. As crazy as it may sound or seem to those around you, you may just have a reason to rejoice. As you ask God for wisdom, ask for grace to endure. If you keep your eyes on the fact that once you have endured this specific challenge, you are one step closer to being like Him, you can find some joy in suffering.