Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing - James 1:2-4 ESV
As some of you may know, I am letting my oldest son practice driving whenever we drop off our recycling at the local high school. Last week, we made another recycling run and practiced driving around the parking lot. As he was making a turn into the parking lot, he overcompensated and drove directly into the curb. The result was a flat tire.
As I got out to observe the damage, I looked back into the car and noticed Trey had his head down. He was despondent and all the excitement of taking on the driving challenge was gone. After getting the tire changed and heading back home, I talked with him about how you experience setbacks when you are trying to accomplish things in life.
The very next day, I grabbed a few items to take to the recycling site and had Trey to come with me. He had no idea where we were going. I dropped off the items, pulled to the side and instructed him to sit in the driver's seat. After looking at me in surprise, he sat in the drivers' seat and proceeded to navigate around the parking lot. As the session drew to a close, he looked at me with a smile on his face and thanked me for believing in him. I thanked him for having the courage to persevere in the face of adversity.
How many times have we been faced with a situation like my son and our first response is to shrink back from the challenge? I know that it has happened to me on more than one occasion. I wanted to show my son that the best response in those situations is to get up, dust yourself off and get back in the saddle. My son was able to experience this life lesson involving perseverance in a real way.
What will you do when you experience setbacks? Are you going to give up the pursuit or persevere and know that this trial is helping you develop habits that you need to succeed? As James stated in the above scripture, you should be excited and joyful when you experience trials because it tests your faith. In addition, it will help you produce perseverance and steadfastness. My challenge to you today is if you've experienced a setback, the best strategy is to charge back into the fray and try again.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.