My pastor, David Ward, shared a powerful illustration this past Sunday about how to face adversity as a believer in Christ. He was teaching from 1 Peter 4:12-19. Are we carrots, eggs or coffee beans? Here are a few links to the story that he shared with us. I found a Youtube link (5.4 minutes) and a written version of the story. May the Lord bless you today as you consider the Word of God and this inspirational analogy!
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. – 1 Peter 4:12-14