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by Trever Carter

As hard as it is for me to say, the past few months have been some dry ones.  Sports are still non-stop, school is finally just now coming to a close and my family remains ever-dynamic.  As my life goes on around me, I have just recently come to realize that my problem lies in the first couple words of this post. I am not content with where I am with my relationship with Christ, yet what I have been doing has done little to benefit change it. Don’t get me wrong — I have had some great spiritual-highs and no terrible lows the past few months, but my relationship with God has just kind of flattened out in the middle.

Although I am discouraged, after talking with someone very close to me I can kind of see the past couple months as a wakeup call. I’m a young Christian, a believer for about two years now, and my spiritual highs have kind of flowed from one into the next, one extreme to another. Never has my relationship with God settled to this kind of slow contentedness.

I’m coming to realize that life is not always a spiritual-high, but things can get tough and life can move on, sometimes leaving me behind. Despite it all, God surely doesn’t give up on me. Through everything, I still have a genuine joy that results from my love for the Lord. James 1:2-4 says,

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

I love how I can rejoice in the fact that life gets hard, because without that my endurance can’t grow. What an awesome testament to how God picks you up from the slumps.

Finally, I can see this dry season coming to a close: storms are beginning to saturate the cracking ground; the oasis is becoming visible on the horizon. Summer-time means the resuming of things that have been put on hold, a slowing down of life and the beginning of new things. I look forward to summer Deeper, a Bible study,  being at a different home with different people than I am used to, a missions trip and community with my Christian brothers and sisters.  I love how even though things have been tough for me, God never fails me. I write this post with a huge smile, for I feel filled with the Spirit, with new challenges and ready to see what God has in store for me during this next part of life.

565825_494718303883308_1511035050_nTrever Carter is a sophomore at Grayslake North High School. He enjoys running, playing lacrosse, and photography. He also likes to write, serve with the church, and spend time with his friends.

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