I know you are hurting. I know you are struggling. I know this has been isolating, heartbreaking, financially difficult, confusing.
This morning, I’m reading your pain as I stroll through Facebook. But then I read these words from Paul:
“And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
So let’s take a moment to “boast” in our afflictions.
Boasting in our afflictions does not mean trying to find the worse war story. No, I think it means to brag about what God is doing in the middle of the enemy’s campaign for evil.
Respond to this post. What good have you seen during this crisis. I’ll go first.
I’m proud of my children during this time. Jay is my oldest son. His girlfriend had her wisdom teeth removed. She reported he was caring for her well. I’m boating in Christ that my son is a caring and thoughtful man. My daughter, Lyndsay’s company closed due to the virus but she immediately began an online music lesson business. I’m boasting in Christ that my daughter is a strong and resilient. My son, Joshua, has gone to work everyday (at Walmart) and not complained. I have encouraged him to stay home because of his own health issues but he doesn’t want to let anyone down. I’m boasting in Christ that my son is compassionate and faithful.
Join me. Boast in your affliction, knowing God is developing your endurance, improving your character, and depositing within you a hope so strong it will sustain you no matter the trial.
Share your boast.