And do not bring us to the time of trial (Luke 11:4)
While we may want a trouble-free existence, life brings its own difficulties – small and large. Gradually, we come to understand that these periods can bring growth – as much as they feel like a 4 x 2 to the head! And thus the wisdom in the expression ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’. Another way of looking at this text is that we don’t need to go looking for trouble – it’ll find us. Such a ‘time of trial’ can take many forms – whether it is the loss of a loved one, unemployment, breakdown of a relationship, emotional and/or psychological difficulties.
Some young people have few difficulties with which to deal while others have many issues. Young people need to learn the benefits of grit and resilience to overcome times of trial. We can each offer a service to young people by speaking of the benefits of our faith that helped us deal with our trials.
Have a great week!