I used to be in charge of a small, noodle manufacturing company. With only 3-4 employees, we still managed to be competitive in our market. One day, the owner sat me down to tell me that he was selling the company to our biggest competitor and that I was going along with the business if I stayed.
I had a great opportunity to be offended about why I was not brought into the conversation until now or why I was being “traded.” Instead I kept an open mind to see what God had in this season for me.
This attitude made my life and all the new changes much easier. There were times that I wanted to complain, but instead I would stop and pray for a new attitude. I would choose not to open my mouth in negativity, but instead say good things about my work. This made even the time I was there more pleasant and gave me the ability to endure until a new work situation opened up for me.
James 1:2-4 says
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.