Find a quiet place and work through these questions yourself, and/or work through them with a friend, family member, or your life group.
- Of the various ways to respond to this moment in time, which do you most identify with: denial, dismissal, defiance, disruption, distress, acceptance. Or are you primarily feeling something else?
- When you read James write that we can “consider it pure joy…whenever we face trials of many kinds,” what’s your reaction? Do you have a hard time with that?
- Problems are inevitable, unpredictable, and come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. How can we change our perspective or thinking to make that knowledge helpful and encouraging?
- One of the things that problems can accomplish is the development of our endurance, our resilience, our ability to endure hardship. Why do we need that? How much endurance have you been able to develop because of hardship?
- What’s at least one powerful lesson you’ve learned directly as a result of making it through something difficult?
- How can we remember to view and approach problems with the kind of perspective James writes about?