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?
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?
James 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?