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Photo by Holger Link on Unsplash


Photo by Holger Link on Unsplash
better: of a more excellent or effective type or quality.
I want a better year this year. But what will that entail? Less difficult circumstances? An easier path?
Not necessarily.
Better means more effective or excellent in quality. Sometimes, we need difficult circumstances or a hard path to bring quality to our journey. Who wants a life with no texture to it? In theory, we want lives of ease. But what kind of people are produced from that kind of lifestyle?
They are not the kinds of people we want to be around. They are often superficial. They have little understanding of pain and hardship. They don’t understand what it feels like to have goals thwarted and have to improvise. All of these things add character and texture to our lives. They make us into people that GOD can use for His glory. They help us learn to look outside ourselves and care for others.
But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me,
I shall come out as gold.
Job 23:10 ESV
In this you rejoice,
though now for a little while,
if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

so that the tested genuineness of your faith
—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—
may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
I Peter 1:7 ESV
When I think of gold, I think of something precious and valuable. This has given me a lot to think about today.
How about you?
Many blessings to my Five Minute Friday friends in 2019!
By the way, the photo is of pieces of gold, not corn flakes!