Hi, this is Joni Eareckson Tada. What’s your first response to hardship? Often, it’s to collapse in discouragement and frustration. But when I look at the Apostle Paul, I see a very different response. When he wrote to the church at Philippi, he was in prison—he was older, in chains, with no help. And yet he starts off his letter with, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” What a testimony! Rather than tick off a list of complaints so that they might know the real story of his hardships, Paul’s desire was to lift up the church and to assure them the Gospel was going forth. And as followers of Christ, it ought to be our desire, too. So throughout this day, take a moment to think about your hardships. And begin to see your trials not as a letdown but rather, as an leg up for you to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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