If you wish to be a man or woman of God who desires to live a godly life that will leave its mark upon this world, you must stand in the shadow of your Saviour.
Trust Him to work through the trials you encounter, through the extreme circumstances you cannot handle on your own. He is still the God of impossible situations. He does what no earthly individual can do.
You must approach the impossible with calmness and contentment, with gentleness and self-control, with faith and humility.
Examine your own life for these character traits and take them one by one before God.
You might say, "Lord, today I want to do what You say regarding contentment; I want to have a calm and gentle spirit. I don't simply want to call myself a Christian.... Help me this day to face everything and deal with everyone with a gentle and quiet spirit. Help me to be content, even though I don't get things my way."
This is how we personify a life of faith.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.