I could hear the tears through the phone.
It was test out day for the Lifeguard training class. There was a written test as well as a water skills test. Both sections were required to be completed at an above average passage rate in order for the student to graduate to full lifeguard status.
Not only were two questions missed on the written test but there was a deficiency in the water skills exam.
There was an opportunity to retest on the following day. 😀
The retest was a futile attempt. 😞
After missing the same two questions on the written portion, there was no opportunity or need to retest on the water skills.
I'm sure you can guess what happened next. Yep, there was the internal struggle of do I retake the entire course and test again OR do I cut my losses and move on?
Many of us end up at this crossroad. We get here when we feel like we have given our all to something and did not achieve the result we hoped for. Here are just a few examples:
- We did not pass the professional examination on the first try
- We did not receive the job offer or promotion that we felt qualified for
- We did not have the opportunity to lead the ministry we created
- We did not get the marriage proposal we hoped for
- We did not get approved for the home or auto loan
- We did not have success with expanding our family
This is where I encourage you to press in and be reminded of James 1:12, which states, "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him."
To persevere under trial is to continue to pursue your goal even when faced with opposition and other difficulties. It is important to keep in mind that when you are connected to the Lord, he places in your spirit the desires of your heart and promises to bring those desires to pass.
So in case you missed it, when you persevere under trial you will be approved. This reinforces the idea that you will pass the test.
Passing the test then allows you to walk out your calling.
All in all, we see that our trials have a greater purpose. They allow us to walk into our purpose.
Trials are inevitable and are necessary. Everything we endure have a purpose in our lives. Let's press through the trials without giving up.
When you press through, we position ourselves to move in God's timing and ultimately achieve success.
Pressing through may require repeating processes.
After allowing the emotions to subside, the lifeguard student discussed above decided to retake the course.
My heart melted with I received this text:
What is one thing you have considered giving up on but are encouraged to persevere towards?