Fresh Hope – 26th September 2019

In 1 James 2, we are encouraged to consider it a joy to face trials! How is this seriously possible?

If you speak to a successful businessman or woman, they will tell you that a problem is actually an opportunity. As cliché as this sounds, it is this mindset that makes someone a success. They see setbacks as an opportunity to learn a lesson, which is invaluable to them, OR they see a setback as an opportunity to get better!

Too many of us are thrown off by a problem, failure or setback. If we truly believe that God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28), then problems shouldn’t scare us. They really are opportunities for God to break in. We should embrace them.

Part of being a ‘hope-filled’ person is knowing that there are multiple possibilities and potentialities in any given situation, and we can keep on trying until we find success.

This means that we must enjoy the journey to success, not just struggle to the destination. There is a beauty in confidently using failure us a tool toward the mountaintop of victory.

Look at Thomas Edison, he tried about 1000 times before succeeding and inventing the light bulb. When asked about his failures he said, ‘I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!’. Failure to Thomas was an opportunity to gain knowledge, and one step closer to his ultimate success. He valued and embraced the process of setbacks.

Deliberately and intentionally look for possibilities in every situation, rather than just jumping straight into the negative mindset. The more you practice this, the more of a habit and instinctively it will come to you when you face a challenge.

Luke 1:37, ‘For with God, nothing will be impossible’.

Emma Burchell

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