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Frozen Joy?

Are you sick of winter yet? I've found that there are two type of people; those who hate winter and those who love the change of seasons. I'm one of the latter, but I've about had my fill of snow and ice. My wife, doesn't like winter at all. If it was sunny and 80 degrees every day, she would be happy. Though we have different perspectives on winter, we agree on many things. One of the things we agree about is that running brings us joy. There is nothing like the feeling after a long, taxing run! But lately our joy has been frozen. It's hard to run when you can't hardly stand up on the ice. It's hard to get to the gym when you can't get out of your driveway. So, I was thinking this morning that in a sense, our joy has been frozen. But when things don't go as I had planned, I like to look for a life lesson. What can I learn from this? James, the brother of Jesus wrote in James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." So we can take joy in trials or challenges because the end result is perseverance. Perseverance isn't a word we hear every day. It is defined as "steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success." While I'm not a fan of trials or changes to my plans, I do like the idea of developing a quality like perseverance. In fact, it sounds like a great definition of a marathon runner - "steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty". So, in spite of the many weather related delays to may training plan, I have decided to take joy in the fact that in the end, I will develop more perseverance, and that's a good thing. And, even though my training has been delayed, I will persevere and get back at it as soon as the weather allows. I hope this encourages you to press on as well. If you would like to join me and the CRT this week we will have three training days. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at Clearwater Trail (praying it's open and snow free by then), on Saturday we will meet at 9 am at Clearwater Trail and on Sunday we will meet at 3 pm at Clearwater Trail. I hope to see you out there. Have a great week! Pastor John