That quote puts things into perspective. Life is full of obstacles. We learn to overcome them or we let them define who we are. In my own journey, I have been through many trials and by the grace of God remain standing. The book of James has many powerful verses that resonate with my soul. I recently did a study with a group of women on it and it's amazing to just sit back and just listen.Listen to each ones story or interpretation. Listening to others more then we speak can teach us a great deal. Not listening to respond but truly listening to a persons perspective and considering what they have to say. I have always been a wallflower so it's not a new concept for me but this is on a deeper level.It's respect and that motto we live by, to love one another as ourselves. To put yourself aside for a moment and really care for someone. Being married gives us enough opportunities to learn that but what about those who offend you? Are you still willing to love your enemies and do good to them? It's a hard concept for most of us to grasp but it's Biblical. Yeshua Himself laid His life down on our behalf even though we sinned against Him. As we come to a close of the week of Unleavened Bread, we must consider the pure selfless act of our Savior every day.If we call ourselves His,then we must be willing to pick up our cross too and live selflessly.
Therefore, my dear brothers, let every person be quick to listen but slow to speak, slow to get angry; for a person’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness! So rid yourselves of all vulgarity and obvious evil, and receive meekly the Word implanted in you that can save your lives. Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it! For whoever hears the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But if a person looks closely into the perfect Torah, which gives freedom, and continues, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work it requires, then he will be blessed in what he does. Anyone who thinks he is religiously observant but does not control his tongue is deceiving himself, and his observance counts for nothing. The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world.
James 1:19-27 CJB