…Today during my time with the Lord I looked up a video on Right Now Media which pretty much a Christian version of Netflix with all sorts, of study series on books of the bible, teachings, topical studies and much more. I decided to look up a series on the book of James taught by Francis Chan. It went through the first chapter of James where it talks about trails we may face in this life, temptations, and being hearers and doers of the word. As I was watching this I felt very challenged to follow what James is writing to his fellow believers. First with the trails we face in this life. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” It seems to me that sometimes we have this mindset that when we become believers and follow Jesus our lives should be easy and that God lets everything fall into place for us to make our lives more happy. But from this verse and pretty much throughout the whole bible you never see someone who follows God have an easy life. For me and I am sure for a lot of people we don’t want to be put under trail or uncomfortable circumstances where we are pushed to our limit, we want God to bless us, but God never promises that in the bible. When you follow God you are going to go through tough trails because the world is fighting against you and God uses trails to build your character so his light in you can shine brighter and bring more people to come and believe in his Son Jesus. We can have confidence and joy in trails because they produce in us steadfastness in relationship with Jesus and it also leaves us with a promise, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trail, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” I challenge you to know that trails aren’t something to be feared when following Jesus but as something to be joyful about because they are making you into who God wants you to be, like Jesus. Don’t be afraid to ask God to do whatever it takes to become like him either because that is what being a christian is all about, to live like Jesus did, a selfless loving life that puts others far above yourself no matter the cost. I will write about the other two sections of this chapter in future blog posts. Love you guys!