Applying lessons learned during tough times

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  – James 1: 2-4

We have definitely had trails lately: COVID-19, then the social unrest caused by recurring racism. When I was younger I did not appreciate trials or challenging times. I did not like the “daily doubles” of high school football, and while in the Army the physical and mental challenges made me wonder if they were more than I could handle. But after I had gone through these trials I realized that I had gained something. I had grown, I was stronger, I had learned; I realized that I could work through those challenges. 

Those awards that have the most meaning to me are the ones I worked the hardest for.

We are working through the challenges of the epidemic and through the injustice of racism. I pray that the results will be as rewarding and memorable as my minor victories have been for me. I pray that the lessons learned from this epidemic will leave us better prepared for the next one. I pray that we may learn to value each person, no matter the color of their skin, their beliefs, or the clothes that they wear. The trials make us stronger; they teach us understanding and perseverance. I pray that we will put these lessons into practice.

For now I challenge each of you, while you are out and about, please greet each person with a smile, even around your COVID mask. Try to make this a joyful day, not only for yourself, but also for someone else.



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