I meant to type the word "trial", but instead I typed "trail".
As I looked at my mistake I thought of James 1:2-4 as descriptive of a journey. The final destination is perfection and completeness (Christlikeness). Before we reach that destination, we must journey through the forest of steadfastness, learning how to be faithful and becoming more impressed by future glories than present suffering.
Of course the TRAIL on which we walk through and to these destinations is named "TRIALS".
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
I use this same passage as a devotional with the class I teach at Cornerstone, but I first use the following scene from the movie 'Ray' to introduce it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmvuV6PK20ReplyDelete