WORTHY THOUGHT:  The symbol of our reward come in our victories or in our trials and struggles? 

This is an exciting time of the year to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Each athlete has to go through the Olympic Trials in order to win a place to compete in the Olympics. The top three that compete at the Olympics wins a gold medal , silver medal, and bronze medal. 

I came across an article about the medals designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who designed the iconic Olympic Ring logo that is still used today. 

He explained the motivation behind the Olympic symbol as quoted “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought.” 

Baron Pierre de Coubertin quote reminds me in scriptures that we are to rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 ESV 

Trial and Sufferings work for us not against us and develops Godly characteristic’s in us. How rich we are in Christ, we live and are rewarded as kings and queens. 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. -James 1:2

God gives us wisdom. We need wisdom in our trials so we don’t waste our struggles and sufferings and miss the spiritual growth that should result. 

When we trust God. Trials work for us not against us. We need to be sure our hearts and minds are wholly yielding in Him. If we are not yielding to God but divided in our hearts and minds, trials can tear us apart. 

God gives us strength through trials and temptations. His Word produces spiritual fruit, and cleans our souls. 

We can trust in God for He is faithful and we can use His strength to see us through.

 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 

The symbol of our victory we wear is in our hearts. Jesus Christ who suffered, died and has risen. Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

You are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in this world. 1 John 4:4

                    ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill