Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds (James 1:2)
There’s lots of things I enjoy. Some of them are old friends, others are more recent experiences where I have tried to make the most of changed circumstances.
In the process I’ve been able to do the kind of jobs that we all put off until the right time comes along That time has now arrived and I’m gradually getting through the boxes of football programmes given to me by an old friend. [Can anyone guess the significance of the programme to the left?]
Enjoyment comes from seeing chaos transformed – the garden beginning to look tidier, the programmes in club and date order –as well as the welcome opportunity to simply stop, think, chill and relax.
James has a challenging perspective on joy, one which is linked to the trials we all face. Trials – those things that come at us - are, according to James, something to be experienced (perhaps even welcomed), rather than to be feared.
It’s not a question of it possibly happening either as James seems to say that we should expect it: it’s a question of “when” not “ “if.”