Thursday, December 29, 2016

Be Of Good Cheer

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (NKJV)

One of my brothers-in-law has had some serious health issues this year. He has spent many weeks in hospital, endured innumerable tests, and undergone several surgeries. After many attempts at resolution, all of which were ultimately futile, he had to have a leg amputated. He has borne uncertainty, anxiety, and extreme pain.

And yet, when I visit him now, I don't encounter a morose or sombre individual, moaning or feeling sorry for himself. Instead, I encounter a funny, vibrant man who seems determined to overcome his difficulties and live a full and happy life regardless of the circumstances. The nurses and other healthcare professionals who are attending him have remarked that his attitude isn't just good for him, it's rubbing off on other patients, who are now also taking a more positive outlook on their own situations. Visiting with him and my sister isn't an obligation — though it is an obligation I would gladly undertake — but a joy. It's fun!

God calls us to be cheerful. He calls us to face life with hope and with joy, buoyed and supported by our faith. When times are difficult and life looks bleak, let us look into the Word of God. Let us look to our faith. For whenever we face life with hope and good cheer, we are doing as God has commanded us. And let us be assured that by doing so, we will not only feel better ourselves, but also be an inspiration to others.

Prayer: Thank You, God, for the gift of faith and for the gift of joy. Help us always to be cheerful and to face our future with hope and confidence. Help us to find inspiration in others and to inspire them in return. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Scott Williams

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