Everyday all kinds of trials come our way.  There is no way we can live without trials. They are part and parcel of life.  You may do everything to live a trial-free life; but it is not possible.  What must we do then?  We must learn to live with trials.  We must learn to face them as best we can.  Moreover, having trials is not as bad as we think. St. James makes this clear in one of his letters to “all God’s people scattered over the whole world”. He says, ‘consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.’ (James 1:2-3). Trials can  be a good thing to happen to us. It all depends on how we take them. They can make us strong. It is said that the one who goes uphill all the times ends with strong legs.  A great writer tells us the strongest trees are not those in the forest that are heavily protected from the hardship of bad whether and winds but those on the hills which are exposed to sun and wind.  We should be ready to welcome whatever trials that come our way and get the most out of them. In fact St. James tells us to persist in the face of trials: ‘Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect, and complete, lacking nothing.’ (James 1:4). It is a sign of great weakness to give up when trials come our way. It is a sign of lack of faith.  The one who has faith knows that God stands by those who depend on him. Moments of trial are moments that challenge us to stand strong in our faith. They are moments to tell God that if it is death we will die with Him. Therefore dear friend, thank God for your trials. They offer you the opportunity to get close him; and what can be better than to get close to God?

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