But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
I have been under a lot of stress with my dad suffering through chemo treatments. Not just the stress of watching my dad suffer, but all the traveling (I live 2 hours away), time away from family, not being able to complete projects (a little perfectionism), and the strain on the finances, has had me under the weather.
As with all suffering, we wish we didn't have to go through it. But I know that God, in all His wisdom, is using this time to strengthen me and deepen my faith. God has not only told me that He is there by using examples in His Word, He has placed many people in my life who have went through similar situations.
We don't need to be told "life is hard", all we need to do is live awhile. As believers we know God uses these hard times to crush out all our selfishness and warped priorities. Eventually we will get to a point to where we thank Him for the suffering we have endured.
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