Hi, this is Ryan Ross, Missions Pastor at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church with your inspirational thought of the day.

Last week Volvo Trucks released an advertisement featuring the famous action film actor, Jean Claude Van Damme. You might be one of the nearly 40million people who have viewed the ad on YouTube thus far. The ad features Van Damme performing his signature splits suspended between the side-mirrors of two semi-trucks moving in reverse.

Before we see Van Damme ‘s epic splits, we hear him say…

“I’ve had my ups and downs. My fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds. That’s what made me what I am today. Now I stand here before you. What you see is a body crafted to perfection. A pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics. And a mindset to master the most epic of splits.”

This reminded me of the truth found in scripture that we can “rejoice in our suffering because suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…”

The trials you face today will shape and prepare you for the days ahead. Our challenge is to recognize that God is at work shaping us into the men and women he created us to be.