“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
A couple of weeks ago in my Bible study class, we were tasked with the job of writing these 5 scripture verses on a piece of paper with our non-dominate hand. I will admit I rolled my eyes a little. Seriously? That will take forever; what is the point?
I decided I would write 1 of the 5 verses just to get the gist of the idea. Yes, I could still say that I “appreciated something that took a relatively long time to create and didn’t come out perfectly” (quote from Lisa Harper), without really experiencing the annoyingness of the assignment.
But as I mulled over the verses, I realized that Paul mentions words like suffering, perseverance, character, and hope. I love the poetry and deep, profound meaning of these words. So, even after my hand began cramping, I kept writing.
During the discomfort of completing the left-handed project, I thought about what it means to persevere when it’s hard. I reflected on what it means to keep going when I’m doing a task that isn’t my favorite. I pondered other’s difficult experiences that I can’t come close to understanding. (I had lots of time to think.) And I began being grateful for all the ways that life is easier than it ought to be. Thank you, Lord.
The progression is this:
And I keep wanting the shortcut.
Sometimes life causes us to write left-handed (or right-handed if we are already a “leftie”). And when it does, may we have the strength to persevere and the courage to bask in the blessings of good character, strong hope, and God’s love.
by Krissy Hanna
Please bring items to choir practice so that we can help bless some families in need.
Sopranos – Health and Beauty
feminine hygiene products
Altos – Cleaning Products
fabric softener sheets
spray cleaners (like 409)
Tenors – Baby Supplies
diapers (any size, but larger sizes are harder for them to get)