This Sunday we will study how to persevere through the storms of life. In his book You Gotta Keep Dancing, Tim Hansel wrote this about the subject.
“Most of the Psalms were born in difficulty. Most of the Epistles were written in prisons. Most of the greatest thoughts of the greatest thinkers of all time had to pass through the fire. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim's Progress from jail. Florence Nightingale, too ill to move from her bed, reorganized the hospitals of England. Semi-paralyzed and under the constant menace of apoplexy, Louis Pasteur was tireless in his attack on disease. During the greater part of his life, American historian Francis Parkman suffered so acutely that he could not work for more than five minutes as a time. His eyesight was so wretched that he could scrawl only a few gigantic words on a manuscript, yet he contrived to write twenty magnificent volumes of history.”
Hansel concluded with this point. “Sometimes it seems that when God is about to make preeminent use of a man, he puts him through the fire.” This Sunday we are going to examine how perseverance through trials can build Christ-like character in our lives and make us ready for whatever God has for us.
Paul wrote, “We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
Think about that