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Joyful

November 13, 2016

In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.

That was an encouragement left us by Jesus Christ as He was preparing to depart the earth. Today, 2000 years after, that sentence is as contemporary as can be!

I’ve wondered how the city of Troy could be destroyed because two men were fighting over a bride. It doesn’t make sense.

I’ve wondered how Adolf Hitler could sway Germany to deal so wickedly with millions of people. Just because Hitler was ruler? It doesn’t make sense.

I’ve wondered how Turks could kill millions of Armenians simply because Ismail Enver Pasha was leader of the nation. The man who killed him (in a time of peace) was allowed to go free, meaning that not everyone was deceived.

I’ve seen that every election brings tears: some, tears of joy and some, tears of bitter sorrow. Yet, Proverbs 16:33 says, “Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say.” If I expect Mr A to win and he does, fine. If he doesn’t, fine still. In reality, we cannot do anything about some things.

Viktor Frankl was in Hitler’s death camp. But he did not die. He had this to say, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

So, I’ve decided to be joyful! I’ve decided to remember that time on earth is small beside the real time we are going to spend alive.

My DP will always exude joy. My face will always shine. My mouth will always sing for joy. I invite you to join in.

But the fruit of the Spirit is… Joy.

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