When our personal lives seem to be spinning out of control – never mind the state of our nation – it can be a difficult task to simply ‘stop and smell the roses’. Certainly, from day to day, it is easy to think positively and remain content when all is going our way. Yet, on the contrary, it requires a deep inner strength granted only by our Creator to feel joyful and confident when we face multiple trials and legitimate concerns about the future. The devastating loss of a loved one, a friend, a cherished treasure – or even an election – can really topple our world if we are not inwardly equipped for such disappointments. How then do we gain perseverance that makes it possible to weather the inevitable pitfalls throughout this lifetime while maintaining a hopeful outlook?
But wait – as a further complication for humanity, in this age of health epidemics, feeling chronically ill is a special challenge for so many. Over the millennia, we have physically acquired an avalanche of inherited mutations – caused by the escalating cascade of environmentally induced pathogens and toxic chemicals or metals. The lucrative processed food industry – as well as our medical establishment’s overzealous use of vaccines, antibiotics, and other pharmaceuticals – have greatly contributed to this disturbing issue, destroying the delicate balance the Creator designed within our human bodies. As a result, an increasing number of us have chronic health conditions and wonder how we can possibly be grateful for our plights. We wonder, like the biblical figure, Job – how can we deal with such suffering as we continue to love and serve God?
The ultimate answer to these tough inquiries may actually be found in the words of a simple old Christian hymn: “When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost – count your many blessings, name them one by one – and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” As these wise lyrics advise, taking stock of all that we have – rather than dwelling on the shortfalls – can continually enable us to praise God for our basic essentials, current freedoms, and physical capabilities that we tend to take for granted. Thoughtfully consider that analysts have observed in studies how the wealthiest and healthiest are not necessarily the happiest of people. Very often in fact, it is the truly desperate among us who most readily receive the knowledge of God. Most assuredly, numerous scripture references instruct us on finding contentment in our poorest and sickest conditions – even viewing these trials as opportunities to grow in character and to magnify the greater strength of the Almighty. Ideally, securing a solid relationship with Him, the most proficient of all problem-solvers, will enable us to experience the greatest comfort – and often total solutions – for whatever ails our bodies, minds and circumstances. His Spirit can envelop our souls with thankful hearts that will sustain us through any tribulation we encounter and provide us with genuine hope of true peace for all eternity!
Contented Quote: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
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