The Resilience of Tiger Woods
Love him or hate him, because of past sins, Tiger Woods did it again—he took home another victory at the Masters. As I watched him receive his trophy and garn himself with his 5th green jacket, there was something just a little different about him. His smile was a bit more heartfelt. His reception was a little more humble. His address to the fans was a bit more thankful. And his embrace of his son was full of joy and celebration. But this is always the by-product of struggle, hardship, trials, that produce endurance, character, and hope. But notice while the joy often comes post suffering, Paul the apostle suggests that you find the same pleasure "in your sufferings." Now, this is something to master and deserving of an eternal "crown."
"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."—Romans 5:3-4
"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."—James 1:12
DO THIS: Endure through your sufferings with great joy.
PRAYER: God, my trials may have me down, but today lift me and give me joy in the test.