"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ..."
I am so glad the Holy Spirit prompted Peter to include that phrase. It reminds me that there is a purpose behind each difficult moment that we find ourselves in, and really, having that perspective on things allows us to relax a bit and let the Lord do His work in us, as hard as it may seem at the time.
You know, most everyone I know is going through some difficulty right now. Every story is different, but the pain and heartache are strikingly similar.
In this world you will have trouble...
It is not for nothing. It is only if need be. The Savior does not take these things lightly. These hard times must be absolutely necessary to our growth, so that our lives bring praise to Him in a way they wouldn't otherwise.
Cling to that truth, no matter what situation you find yourself in today.
Today the boys have been vegging out with Ezra, who is finally old enough to sit with them and enjoy their company! So fun!