I am using a two part epoxy in building my boat. It is very strong stuff and glues wood together well and is great in fiberglassing the outside of the boat. The problem is that I am very allergic to it, and if I accidentally get a little bit on one of my fingers I will get a rash on both arms up to my elbows, and it will itch like crazy. I try really hard not to get even a little, tiny bit on me, I wear rubber gloves , and take every precaution I can think of, but somehow I always end up getting a little bit on me. An itchy rash is an incredible annoyance, it doesn’t let up, and drives a person crazy. So what am I supposed to do with this irritant in my life? Ignore it? I wish I could! The book of James in the New Testament says that we are to “consider it all joy when we encounter various trials”. This would certainly fall under the category of “various trials”. So “consider it all joy”, does that mean I laugh and declare with enthusiasm that I am having the time of my life? Probably not, but I think it does mean that I acknowledge that as I patiently (no grumbling) endure it that my character is being developed, and that is a good thing.

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