Consider It All Joy

21 Nov

Character-building moments. That’s what I call those seemingly pointless times when annoying things happen. It’s then I want to scream, but instead, must control myself. Just yesterday, I was stuck in a Chet Baker song. Does the following ever happen to you?

You don a shirt and it’s backward.file0002108810709

The vacuum plug prongs never align with the outlet the first time.

You turn on a light and the bulb blows.

I could go on. Of course, all of these are First-World Problems. At least I have a shirt, a vacuum, and electricity. I should be more thankful, and less impatient. If I won’t be humble and gracious when trivial things happen, how will I respond with humility and grace when someone offends me, or when I face financial distress? How will I respond if I face imprisonment for the faith, or a loved one dies?

file7951291133643James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Character-building, indeed. Do you find it difficult to consider trials joyfully?


~ Jericha Kingston


Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Jericha Kingston, Uncategorized, Writing


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4 responses to “Consider It All Joy

  1. Pegg Thomas

    November 21, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Ah … um … golly … do I really have to answer that?!


  2. rpatchen

    November 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

    It’s funny how it’s the little things that push us over the edge. We had an unexpected bill this week–new hot water heater. First we spent $300 to fix the old one. Then it broke again (didn’t even last 24 hours), so we bought a new one. And while the plumbers were here, they turned on the outside water spigot to make sure they’d gotten the water back on. And now that spigot is leaking. I handled all of that with grace–I did. Laughed with the plumber, joked as I paid the bill. No problem. An hour later, a pile of papers fell out of a cabinet, and I lost my mind.

    Consider it all joy. 🙂


  3. Kara (@KaraHunt2014)

    November 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Jericha, please, please, PLEASE don’t ask me to answer that question! 😀 However, I will add that what Robin experienced with the papers falling out of the cabinet,after handling a stressful situation sounds way too familiar. Ooops! I guess I answered the question after all. 😉


  4. Jericha Kingston (@JerichaKingston)

    November 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I’m working on this one, too, ladies. Thankfully, we have a Helper!



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