It occurred to me just now as I decided I love the Book of James, the gospels are essentially memoir, perspectives provided of what the writers knew and know of Jesus.
Hmmm, just like us. Our life stories left in piles of journals thought to be too personal for the perusal of others. Lord knows my journals tell all kinds of stories, my life stories. Some admittedly hard to reread, the coming to terms with life events, questions, agonizing hashing out of major decisions.
Thankfully, truly really, those days are over; they’re over because I finally learned to filter my days through the lens of redemption, not regret.
Still authentic, still honest but more gentle, more wise.
This is why the Book of James is calling my name. James, the brother of Jesus wasn’t quite sure of the truth of Him until He saw for himself the death, the resurrection. It became real then and the Book that bears the name of James is worth reading and reading again.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
James 1:2-4 MSG
I love this so much, my faith life being forced into the open showing I’ve endured some struggle and I’ve kept on believing.
Life is just that, continuous belief and knowing that faith is our preserver, our kind companion, our rescue in every storm.
The display of our many colors.
What’s your life looking like today? It’s cold and rainy outside my window. My house has me home alone and quiet. I’ll take my time reading, a half hour maybe and read the Book of James. Remembering, at one time it was believed he was uncertain.
RememberIng in words I especially love that he knew enduring, believing and not doubting wasn’t a given. Still, James reminds us that this is the way to sacred and true living.
We all stumble in many ways. We all get beat up and tossed around in life’s storms. (James 3:-4)
But, we hold on tight to what we believe is ours for the asking in faith.
We continue and believe. Our colors are beginning to show.
I’m linking up with others at Five Minute Friday here: https://fiveminutefriday.com/2020/01/30/fmf-writing-prompt-link-up-life-guest-post-by-heather-gerwing/