Yesterday I wrote about James' command to have joy in the struggles of life. I suppose it's important to define what we mean by joy, and we could qualify that notion in such a way that we're not jumping up and down and celebrating when we "encounter various trials." Still, no matter how we define joy, it's important to ask ourselves: How can we live out this passage? What does this mean in our everyday lives and what does this mean in really difficult circumstances?
A long-time friend of mine, Val Wilson, wrote this in response, and I asked if I could share it. Incidentally, Val is an amazing worship leader, and you can find more about her and her CD by clicking on the link.