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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Monday, May 6, 2019

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” — 1 Peter 5:10

Training Ground

Adversity is a part of life. There are trials that so many of us are going through right now: addiction, broken relationships, financial hardships, lost family members, children straying, bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, anxiety, depression. So many hardships.

And often, when I talk to different people, the times that they’ve struggled, the times of adversity, the times they’ve been stuck in life — those times have served as the greatest lessons they could ever imagine.

And yes, those trials hurt when we’re in the middle of them. But the light at the end of the tunnel gives us hope to persevere, and when we make it through the fire, we’re often better for it.

Winthrop basketball coach Jayson Gee on the Sports Spectrum Podcast said it beautifully: “Adversity is training ground, not a complaining ground.”

Today, as hard as this may be, be thankful for the adversity you’ve gone through, knowing it has shaped and molded you into the person you are today. And remember that God is constantly there to see you through it. Put your faith and trust in Him.

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