Endurance Training with JOY -Dami Adeniyi

This post is long over due! Another write up inspired by social media. I mean as a blogger, I am constantly lurking on social media. Lets just say I am a low-key stalker. Yes, I am actually the kind that doesnt know whether to play it cool or ask how you enjoyed Las Vegas in 2014. Anyways, one of those days when I landed on a friend of a friends Facebook page, I saw a post that said, “Happiness is in the heart and not the circumstance.”  The post spoke volumes to me, because in the last couple of years, God has been moulding me and reshaping my mindset. To be honest, this post is a reminder to myself to put my trust in the Lord and take refuge in Him and have a HUGE smile on my face and in my heart while working through the storm.

James 1:2-4
New Living Translation (NLT)

2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

The last couple of years have been super challenging to say the least. I actually started to compare myself to Job in the bible. I know, a little bit dramatic right? Considering the fact I am not as blameless or the richest in my area or even suffered as much as Job did. But nothing in my life seemed to be working. Everything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong. Things went from great to good to bad to worse and worst, and it was all happening at the same time too.  So when I came across James 1: 2-4, I thought God must really have a great sense of humor. 
Umm really? Is it not enough that my head is barely above water? He wants me to also consider it as an opportunity for great joy? Ok agreed! Trials and tribulations make you stronger and help your endurance grow, but what’s with joy? Please allow me borrow your imagination. Is anyone really shining their teeth when they are working out? Do I really need to be joyous through a test? I mean when you are writing an exam for example you might not be sad or unhappy but you are certainly not joyous. Then I found Psalm 4:7 and it made so much sense. That’s the kind of joy.  The kind that fills the heart and is far better than any amount of material comforts and pleasures. Despite David’s suffering and trials, God put gladness in his heart, the kind that far exceeds that brought by prosperity and outward material blessings.

Psalm 4:7-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

7 You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Meaning the kind of joy that God gives sits in the heart and has nothing to do with external circumstances. True happiness comes from the inside out and not the other way. Even the Bible in Proverbs 14:13 recognizes that it is possible a conceal a heavy heart with laughter. 

​Although a powerful range of emotions are inevitable when we encounter severe trials, it is important that we make a concious effort. That’s why James suggests we should take the radical apporach of considering it an opportunity of great joy.

​Proverbs 14:13 New Living Translation (NLT)

13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
    but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.

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    1. Dami Adeniyi says

      You are welcome dear! ❤️

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