Devotional for Monday November 27th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “Adversity can be a stepping stone to success.”

 

In Romans 5:3-5 the Apostle Paul was describing how times of adversity and suffering often lead to stronger character and hopeful outcomes. As we patiently and persistently persevere through adversity, it can become a series of stepping stones that lead us from suffering to success.

 

When I read that passage this morning it reminded me of one of the most helpful books on the subject that I have ever read. It is John Maxwell’s great little book “Failing Forward”. The sub-title is “Turning mistakes into stepping stones for success.”

 

The truth is that we bring much of the adversity we face on ourselves. It comes to us as a result of bad decisions on our part and mistakes that we make. Many of those bad decisions and mistakes are small and their impact is minimal, but some of them are big and their impacts are tragic, even catastrophic. But big or small, there are always lessons we can learn and growth that can occur in our lives.

 

In his book John teaches us first of all how to think properly about failure and mistakes. Rather than allowing ourselves to sink into depression and become immobilized by it, we need to learn to shake it off and immediately begin moving forward. Then we need to honestly assess what mistakes we made that led to the failure. Then, once we understand what we did wrong, we must make whatever corrections are necessary to ensure we don’t repeat that mistake. And then we begin moving forward, as we pick up the pieces and seek out new opportunities (New opportunities will always be there, which just need to look for them and take advantage of them).

 

The book goes into much greater detail about all of this but John’s point is the same one the Apostle Paul was making in Romans 5:3-5, adversity and suffering can be a series of stepping stones that lead us to new opportunities and new success.

 

So lean into the failure or mistake; push through the adversity; embrace the problem and milk it for new opportunities. Let your adversity become a stepping stone for new success.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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