Mmmm...the privilege of suffering for Christ. I gotta say I don't look on this as a selling point. But from my reading in James, I understand that the trials and testing are ways we learn and grow closer to Christ and closer to perfection. Suffering doesn't sound like a great option....but it's the tough times that prompt us to change....when circumstances are good we don't look to change things because that would really make no sense. It's the struggles and discontent that prompt us to try to change or improve. In addition to the privilege of suffering FOR Christ. We get the privilege of trusting him. We know He has us in His hands....and He has great plans for us. He has told us so.
Lord, thank you for the opportunity to trust you. Thank you for challenges that create opportunities for growth. Amen.