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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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August 2, 2012 - Trials and Full Maturity

By Geff Mastro

We had just finished our doctor’s appointment and errands, so Cara and I dashed off to the local Wegmans supermarket to spend our last few bucks on milk, eggs, bread and one or two other necessities. God shined His grace down upon us, and the sales were good, so we made it out within our budget.

On the way to the car, I heard a sound familiar to all parents — the ear-piercing scream of a 4- or 5-year-old child as his young mother tried to take him into the supermarket against his will. Try as she might, there was no calming this young boy, who definitely wanted to be doing something else.

Thanking the Lord that I was over this particular phase of child rearing, I turned to our 16-year-old and commented, “There’s nothing you can do; that lady just has to go through it.”

Our daughter asked me what I meant, which gave me a teachable moment to explain that, as parents, we all go through moments like that and she wasn’t going to escape anything that wasn’t already common to man (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).

OK, granted, Paul was talking about temptation, but I think the principle is the same, in that the trials we encounter in life are, and have always been, common to all people.

As I walked to the car, I started thinking and it really hit me. When James advised us to “consider it pure joy” when we face trials (James 1:2, NIV), he was acknowledging we all face trials. The operative word here is really the word “when.” That mother going into the supermarket with her son was facing a trial, and nothing she or I could have done would have made her escape from it.

The trial she faced was common to the rest of us parents (though when you’re going through it, at the time it seems like you’re the only parent in the world who has such problems). I’ve learned through trials like this that what is more important is what God is teaching me through them.

James says that trials test our faith in order to produce perseverance and make us complete so that we will lack nothing (verses 3,4). In other words, without going through trials we won’t be completely matured in the way God wants us to be.

So although it may seem like the end of the world at times, I know that everything is intended for my betterment and full maturity. When I put on that perspective, it helps me to endure the trials when they come.

— Geff Mastro lives in Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Burlington, N.J.




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