“I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello!
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
In this letter to “the twelve tribes scattered” James talks a great deal about issues facing those of his day, and us today: the pressures of daily life.
We all face challenges every day, making money last till the next check, a crummy boss, crazy drivers, weird coworkers, crazy relatives, running late, missed appointments, and so much more.
It seems weird to us, when we are facing pressure to see them as a benefit, or a gift. But what I have found is that when I learned to deal with the little pressures that come my way, I develop a strength that has helped me to deal with larger issues in my life. I have found, showing those “true colors” of my faith in the Divine, those around me find the strength to face issues in their life. While I will admit this is hard, what we need to remember “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday” – it seems simplistic, but life pressures will not crush us, if we understand that we live in community, love in community, and there are others who have lived through what you are going through today.