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Friday, June 30, 2017

Think About It

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Troubles come to everyone. It’s not if they come, but when. Recently I’ve been around people who are going through different types of trouble. For one it’s a health issues, for another it’s the health issues of a loved one, and for still another it’s the future and all of the uncertainties that surround it. Today I went to pick up a prescription only to be told that the cost would be $2000. Guess we’ll go with plan B, just not sure what plan B is going to be yet.

Troubles don’t come just to some, they come to all. Each of us battles the troubles and difficulties of life with different responses. Perhaps the biggest struggle with troubles is a simple thing called control. When troubles come we often feel a sense of a loss of control. We feel powerless and sometimes even overwhelmed. Why? Sometimes it’s because we feel like a victim. Troubles interrupt our direction, our sense of security and our sense of power. I haven’t found anyone who liked the feeling of being powerless. Whether we like it or not, we all have control issues to one degree or the other. But here’s the catch, even in the worst of trouble we do have power if we choose to exercise it.

The greatest power we have is found in the power of choice. In the case of troubles, we may not be able to stop them from happening, but we can choose how we respond and react to them. For example I can look at trouble as something that is happening too me or for me. What do I mean? If it’s happening too me them I’m a victim, but if it’s happening for me, then I’m going to take the power out of it and use it. When I see trouble as actually a place of learning and growth, it becomes something that has benefit. I can choose in the midst of trouble to find the good, the positive and the value. It can be used as a point of learning. Perhaps that’s what we read in the Book of James, “Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure, (James 1:1-2 -Voice). Think about it.

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