(2 Timothy 2:3 NIV) "Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus."
(2 Timothy 4:5 NIV) "But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."
(Hebrews 12:7 NIV) "Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?"
Anything that requires discipline will usually bring with it a measure of pain. Tough times will either whip us or whip us into shape. What the church needs today are some Christians with old fashioned grit -- some disciples who believe that God can use anything that life throws at them to accomplish His plan and glorify His name. In today’s culture of comfort and blessing, many Christians head down the road for greener pastures at the first sign of hardship. Brothers and sisters, this should not be. Hardship serves a dual purpose. It can strengthen us as it draws us closer to God, and it can prepare us to be of help to someone else in the future. We can be a comfort to those who are suffering through something that we have already survived. Do not allow tough circumstances to determine your attitude. Life is often unfair, but God is up to something. Wait on Him and do not give up. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day