Scripture Verse: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)
Quote: “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me. . . . You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~ Walt Disney (1901-1966) American film producer, animator, entrepreneur & philanthropist.
Though certain events are more tragic than others, no one is exempt from heartache and loss. Every person on earth goes through tough times—sometimes without the support of others. There’s the loss of a loved one through death or divorce; the loss of a friend, a miscarriage, or a custody battle; the loss of good health, sobriety, a business or a job.
How do we handle these “light and momentary troubles” especially when they don’t seem so light and momentary?
It’s perfectly natural and even healthy to go through a time of sadness and grief. We need time to heal, so let’s plan on it.
Once we’re on the road to recovery, do we recognize that these troubles are “achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”? Or do we whine and complain? Do we expect the worst to happen and see the bad in every situation? Do we play the martyr? Would people accuse us of being pessimistic?
I know it’s easier said than done, but with all the faith that we can muster, let’s “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.” Let’s praise and thank instead of whine and complain. Let’s hope for the best and see the good instead of expect the worst and see the bad. Let’s act with courage instead of play the martyr. We’ll be known as optimists instead of pessimists . . . and we’ll probably have more friends because of it.
We have to overlook the temporary to see the eternal.
Questions for the Suffering: Have you told the Lord exactly how you feel today? If you’re angry, sad, disappointed, lonely, or grief-stricken, tell him. Be truthful; he knows anyway. Have you taken the time you need to heal? Have you asked others to pray for you? Have you accepted invitations to join others in fellowship?
Tips for Encouragers: Be there for others in their times of suffering. Don’t try to fix things, just be present. Let them talk while you listen. Encourage them to rest their bodies and their minds. Do what you do best: cook a meal or take them out to dinner; wash dishes or fold clothes; write a note or read to them.
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