When you have used your anxiety to intensify your prayers, then you can use your prayers to relieve your anxiety.
Face your troubles only when necessary. The rest of the time, keep your back to your problems and square your shoulders in the direction of God’s kindness.
We are God’s servants, to be sure. But that’s not all we are. God also wants us to function as kings, co-ruling with him over his world. As God’s servants (and his children), we strive to make sure everything we do is pleasing to God. As kings, God wants us to make choices. Each moment, he wants you to look at the countless ways you could please him and pick one. Which one? Your choice.
So many people have such disappointing fathers that the term “daddy issues” is a catchphrase in our culture. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone complain that their life is messed up because of mommy issues.
Last time we considered how miserable life gets when you lack perseverance. You can’t reach your goals, you can’t get things done, you can’t outlast your trials. You always end up quitting or responding in some sinful way. But none of that is the worst part. The worst part has to do with your eternal destiny.
When James tells us to consider trials pure joy, he’s not calling us to a shallow, mindless optimism or positive thinking (“I got hit by a car. At least it wasn’t a bus!”). The joy James is speaking of is a real joy that comes from understanding the priceless value of the outcome.