Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
I’m three weeks into my attempt at a second bachelor’s degree. I graduated in 2001 with a degree in Biology and have decided to go back to school to become a nurse (through an accelerated program for people already holding a degree). I always enjoyed learning while I was in college, but I must admit that I have not done anything academically since then and as you can imagine, this has been a rude awakening.
I have an endless list of reading assignments and, even though I’m only a few weeks into it, I already feel like I’m drowning. In addition, I have that lurking feeling that all of my classmates are on top of things and keeping up with this intense program while I lag more and more behind each day.
And then I come to this passage… “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” At this point in my life, there is no feeling I want more. To have the peace of knowing that I can be perfect and complete, not by finishing all of my reading assignments or by understanding all of the intricacies of the human body, but by undergoing these trials and gaining endurance. I will be lacking in nothing, despite my failings in school, in my friendships, in my relationships if I just faithfully undergo the trials the Lord brings me. What peace! I claim these trials in the name of Christ and ask that He produce in me all necessary endurance.