James 1:4: “Perseverance must finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV)

Last week I scrubbed the kitchen floor on my hands and knees to be sure to clean it well.

That same day, I spilled part of my dinner on the kitchen floor. The following morning, I spilled carrot juice on the same floor. Why didn’t those accidents happen before I scrubbed the floor?

I remembered Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” I laughed about that law as twice I wiped up a spill. However, God’s Word offered me another perspective.

I exercised perseverance when I scrubbed the kitchen floor week after week and wiped up accidents. I needed perseverance to finish its work, so that I might “be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

The King James Version uses the words “perfect and entire.” The New American Standard uses the words “perfect and complete.”

God uses our everyday tasks to make us more like him, perfect and complete.

Dear God, help me practice perseverance. Amen.

Application: What can you do toward becoming perfect and complete this week?

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Copyright 2011, Yvonne Ortega, , LPC, LSATP, CCDVC

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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
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