Steadfastness

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. (James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Steadfastness refers to remaining firm and immovable in your character, beliefs, and values. It may also refer to your level of commitment to a goal, relationship, or even a career. Today, I am seeing steadfastness slowly fading away in many of our young adults. As soon as something does not work in their favor, they quit and move on to something that caters more to them. It is not uncommon to hear excuses like: It was not a good fit, or Their policies are too rigid. Companies are investing a lot of resources trying to figure out how to retain a millennial workforce and come up with gimmicks to keep them on board for just a few more years.

The problem I see with that is that we as a society are saying it is okay to escape from adversity. I confess that I have faced this temptation to jump ship when things do not go as I have planned. What I have learned is that patience needs to be exercised in moments of frustration, and yes, even if it means that it may take weeks or even months to resolve. Our Lord has placed us where we are for a reason, and that is to grow and learn to be steadfast. He wants us to keep pushing forward with personal grit and faith in him because he does want to help us out. He will equip us with skill, resources, and energy to persevere, and we just have to trust that he will.

When the going gets tough, the tough bend down to their knees and pray. God loves to hear from us and he wants to assist and serve because he is a good Father. Remember this the next time you encounter an inconvenience. I believe there is hidden purpose behind all of it, and an opportunity for God to glorify his name in the midst of it. We just have to continue walking with him to see what it is.

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