Tips for Better Living

I interrupted my lap-swim because I was overtaken by the desire to capture this image. I’m reminded of the message “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance….Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:2-3,12)

I’m well into my 3rd week of swimming laps. 30 minutes every day but Wednesday. Wednesday I end up too pressed for time but I’ve been faithfully making time every other day for this commitment. Some days I’m not much in the mood for this effort at the start of the exercise, but by the end I’m feeling refreshed and always better for my persistence. Or should I say “for my perseverance”.

In life, I’m also persevering in the face of trails. I’m also seeking the elusive “silver lining” – the sense of glory that surrounds us when we not only survive but emerge triumphant after a period of trial.

Thank you, Lord, for reminding me that by keeping the faith, remaining diligent and persevering I will receive the ultimate crown in your glory. Praise your name!


5 Responses

  1. Beautiful picture. Check out my blog, and you'll notice the header picture is something similar to your picture. Sometimes, a perfect picture like that just takes your breath away.

  2. Thanks Bryan! I stopped by your blog but since I'm not a team member, I couldn't comment. I do like your header image. Very nice.

  3. Beautiful… just beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to capture His glory.

  4. Silver linings. You capture them well . . .

  5. I love that verse. I have pulled that verse out often over years of my life. It always returns to me at just the perfect time.

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