In the last 2 weeks a friend of ours was diagnosed with cancer and other friends lost their 11 day old child. And that is just in my little friendship circle. All around the world people are facing SERIOUS trials.
The crazy thing is, is that the world we live in doesn’t seem to recognize this. All the adverts and media tell us that we should focus on getting more stuff, on looking better on the outside and on saving money for ourselves and our future. But what about building a good inner CHARACTER that can weather the storms of life? What about digging deep roots into our Loving God who will never give way and never change and never leave? That is what we all should be doing so that when that day of trouble arrives, we don’t break down, we don’t lose it, we don’t fall apart. Rather we endure the pain, disappointment, and loss with healthy grieving, strength and dignity. That instead of being crushed by those incidents we become stronger, more compassionate and more grateful for the good we have in the midst of the trials we face.
Jesus: "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7: 24-25