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September 13, 2020

Embrace the hardship to stay on target

“If you think positively every single day, work hard, strive to become the best version of yourself, surround yourself with inspirational people, and never give up, there are no limits to how exhausted you can become.” -Svend Brinkmann ( a translation from Danish, via his Twitter account @svendbrinkmann)
James 1:2-4 NRSV
2 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
Matthew 5:43-48 NRSV
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 
Bottom Line: 
Embrace the hardship to stay on target.

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