My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trails of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1 2-4)
How can we endure the trials and tribulations of life and still find joy? As an endurance athlete I put myself through long hours of training, sometimes in adverse conditions, causing my body to become completely exhausted. But I do all this in the knowledge that I have a goal to reach, which usually involves taking part in a race with the sole purpose of getting to the end in one piece - and the sheer joy you feel as you cross the finish line is something that you just have to experience for yourself. You may not have a race to run, but life is a marathon and if you face the challenges head on you will experience that joy when you reach your goal.
Lyn Hayes ALM