Navita K.J. Johnson
As the year comes to an end, I reflect on the challenges that came with 2019. Although I faced some difficulties, that seemed overwhelming at the time, I now know that those difficulties came to build up my endurance and to strengthen my faith so that I can continue to persevere in God's purpose for my life. I am a strong believer in God and his son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My belief and faith has pushed me beyond what I even thought was possible in my life. I believe that when some people hear you say that you are a Christian or a believer, they think that the road have been made clear for you, that you don't face the same life challenges as other people. However, that sentiment is far from the truth. Life challenges, test, and trials will come to us all. Learning coping skills and strategies to help us through our most difficult times can be beneficial for addressing emotions or behaviors in the moment. Be that as it may, I have found that having a relationship with God and Jesus Christ have provided me with a power unfathomable. Understanding that everything is working together for my good and that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, is just two comforting passages in the bible that continues to provide me with a perspective that tames my anger and aggression and encourages me to press forward. Persevering faith is having "mustard seed" faith that pushes you beyond your own physical or mental strength. It is a faith that even mystifies your heaviest hurt, pain, and disappointment, because it recognizes that not even its strength can overcome it. Persevering faith surpasses all understanding, but it is a faith that you know will continue to keep you safe from all danger and harm, while pushing you forward, and taking you higher. Persevering faith can only be effective if you choose it. As I walk out of 2019 and into 2020, I plan to continue my journey wrapped in the superpower of Persevering Faith.