“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” ~ James 1:2-3
I want to let you in on a little secret: I really hate bathtime.
It’s the one toddler chore that, if my husband were still alive, I would totally, willingly, happily hand over without a backward glance.
It isn’t that my son doesn’t like taking a bath – he loves being in the water. However, he isn’t the easiest child to bathe, because he’s always on the move. And trying to catch a wet, soapy child and wash him up is next to impossible. But the real trauma comes when it’s time to get out of the tub – then it’s joy to misery in two seconds flat. My ability to carry a flailing, soggy, screaming toddler from the bathroom to his room is actually a sight to behold.
Yet I can’t just stop giving him baths (even though it’s tempting). He needs to be clean, especially since playing outside in the dirt and sand in our backyard is one of his favorite pastimes. So I have to brace myself and give him a bath on a regular basis. And I just try to keep in mind that eventually he’ll be able to do this himself, and what a glorious day that will be.
Now, I realize that James probably had more serious things in mind that bathtime when he wrote this passage. But I do believe that sometimes it’s the little things in life that can break our spirits faster than the big things. And while I haven’t quite reached the point where I consider bathtime pure joy, I know that keeping my child well kept does give me joy.
If there are things in life that you dread and can’t seem to find the joy in, see if you can find joy in the outcome. Sometimes the perspective that we bring to the struggle can be enough to help us persevere through it.