The following was sent to me. It might encourage you. No idea as to author. I usually don’t pass on anonymous stuff, but here’s an exception —
When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless effort,
God knows how hard you have tried.
When you have cried so long, your heart is in anguish,
God has counted your tears.
When nothing makes sense, and you are confused and frustrated,
God has the answer.
If suddenly your outlook is brighter, and you find traces of hope,
God has whispered to you.
When things are going well, and you have much to be thankful for,
God has blessed you.
When something joyful happens, and you are filled with awe,
God has smiled on you.
Remember that where you are or whatever you are feeling,
It has been proven to me that God will take care of His children. He will take care of us in the best way and to an extent we haven’t imagined. Instead of having a family that is afraid to subject itself completely to the Father’s guidance and commands, He plans for sons and daughters who can say in each and every situation, “If God is for me, who can be against me? Everything will be for my good, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant now.”
Crossing a street may be dangerous. Crossing a street to speak the gospel to someone is relatively easy to contemplate. Crossing a state, a nation, an ocean offer no more security risks than crossing a street, to God, for whom all things are possible, for whom nothing is too difficult. Risks are obviously greater in some situations than in others, but they are no match for the Almighty. One is at risk in his own house, town, and country. How many times does the prayer come to the evangelist’s mind, “Father, you know I’m here for the gospel’s sake, not for my own enjoyment or profit. May Your will be done.” And it is done! You can make your plans with confidence.
You see, we are God’s because we are entirely the products of His creation. We are His. We did wrong and separated ourselves from Him. He bought us back. Can’t we say we’re doubly His? He promises to take care of us. He doesn’t lie. You can be sure He will take care of you as you serve Him.
—Jerry Hill, Guatemala: Joy and Crown
Thought for the day:
The past has much to teach us, so that the future can be brighter and better, and our service to God more effective.
The question is how to sift through and evaluate the past. The judicious use of good questions can take you far.
Another feature of using the the past is to remember how God has blessed and cared for us. Use the past as a register for God’s providence in your life.
My personality has little use for the past. It is wholly geared toward the future. This perspective has much to commend it, but having the past to bolster your present can provide much impetus and motivation for the future.
It all depends upon how we look at it.