It has been on my mind lately how hard times have a way of revealing two groups of people. There are those who have difficulty seeing anything good. They are usually absorbed in their own needs, discomforts, inconveniences, and opinion. They love to rail against the perceived failure of people, medical staff, the government, political parties, shoppers, stores and any individual or group they blame in their mind for causing them such misery. Then there are those who are suffering the same needs, discomforts, and inconveniences; yet their opinions are generally positive and hopeful. They seek to blame no one, but rather offer humor and encouragement to those around them as they try to make the best of a difficult situation.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that positive people tend to be people of prayer. They are convinced that their times are in His hands, and that the joy of knowing Christ far outweighs momentary happiness. They also recognize that difficult times are often a necessary experience for the believer to glorify Christ.

Which of the two groups most exemplify these traits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Isn’t it interesting that these traits are fruit of the Spirit?

Any of us can have bad moments or even bad days.  However, when we are walking in the power of the Spirit and not the power of the flesh, then our lives will reflect His power and goodness!

Remember - The staff, deacons, and I are available for you. Please don’t hesitate to phone us on our cell phones if you have a need.

I love and miss you!