“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the trying of your faith develops perseverance.” - James 1:2-3
One of the keys to developing strength and stamina is resistance training. However, such training is naturally difficult. It definitely feels like hard work…and it is supposed to feel that way! Similarly, nobody relishes the idea of having their faith tested. Yet, God is always at work right in the middle of such times. Just like a master sculptor who continues to chip away at the marble until only the masterpiece remains, God is shaping each of us to be the beautiful sculpture that He has had in mind all along. He has made us each to be people who persevere, people who stand the tests of time and come through strong and vibrant on the other side. Trust Him today. He is creating us to be an impressive display of His goodness and glory. You are made by Him to endure!