February 19, 2018 – Monday
James 1:2-4 [NIV] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Proverbs 16:3 [NIV] Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
I live a busy life. It’s one of the true blessings of my work that no two days are ever the same. Outside of my work, my life is just as busy. But sometimes I just want everything to stop so that the stress will go away. Yet when I honestly say, thank You for the stress, it’s much easier. Yes, thanking God helps me focus on what is good and right in my life. I have a job, pay my rent, and I have earned a graduate degree to make a better life for myself. Without these stresses, I would not be blessed to be a better Christian public servant.
I bet your life is busy too, especially if you have a family, school or even a second job to help make ends meet. All this can cause a lot of stress, as it does for me! However, scripture reminds us that, while the trials are many, perseverance matures us. Scripture also reminds us to commit what we do to the Lord.
Before you go to work this morning, knowing you will face trials, take a moment to say thank You for the stress. Thank Him for using it to establish your plans. Thank Him for using it to mold and shape you into a better servant of His Kingdom.
And you will see the true beauty of the blessings that come out of stress.
Thank You, Lord, for all blessings in my life, including the bittersweet stresses that keep me motivated. I am forever grateful to You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Meredith Pulsford, MPA
Norfolk Police Department
Norfolk, Virginia USA