Words from the Heart for Friday October 22nd, 2021

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

James 1:3 (NLT)

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Testing

To become a Canadian citizen, you must pass the Canadian citizenship test. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada administers this test. This is a multiple-choice test including questions about Canada’s history, geography, political system, national symbols, identity and values, and of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. To prepare for the test, you can take a citizenship class. These classes are offered by English as a Second Language programs, community centres or settlement agencies. Many organizations that have English classes also have citizenship classes.

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It has been a long time since I’ve been in school and have had to take a test. I’m not sure how well I would do at this point. I never did like taking tests all that much. I enjoyed studying, but more than once I discovered that what I studied wasn’t even on the test paper that was put in front of me. I’ve since discovered that there are a lot of tests in life and most are not on paper. They come in the form of illness, or financial struggles, or the breakdown in a relationship. Sometimes the tests come because we profess our love for Jesus and walk in a way that honours Him. Whatever the reason for the testing, James 1:3 tells us “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” God is well aware of the tests that come our way, and He allows them so that through them our endurance might increase. God wants our faith to be strong, and our walk with him to be firm. Sometimes the best way for us to be like that is through testing.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley