How does one go through trials and difficult circumstances? How does one continue in a job that he or she does not enjoy? How does one dig deep to find the strength to persevere in difficult or painful circumstances?
“Count it all joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ” (James 1: 1-4)
Joy may hide at nighttime but the morning is coming. “Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Who knows what strength you may find in yourself to keep on going tomorrow?
Joy is even more precious when it is scarce. “Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you, shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” -Helen Keller
“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” – Helen Keller
Give joy “If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.” -Ed Sullivan
Above all, be encouraged – “this too shall pass.” “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.” -2 Corinthians 4:17
Keep the faith.