Monday, August 26, 2013

Easy Buttons



“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33



My life stinks!  I hate my life! Most of us have heard, or even said these words ourselves. I confess I have used them myself occasionally. In fact, I was using this phrase just the other day as I was filling out some paperwork.  In my case, and probably yours as well, I don’t really hate my life.  I only hate a situation in my life that is causing me stress at that moment.  Sometimes, when we are going through a struggle, we can lose our perspective.  We often feel as though we are the only one who has problems in their life.   In reality, we know that other people have problems; yet, somehow, we forget this as the storms of life are raging and threatening to swallow us up.  We often forget that Jesus, himself, promised that we would have trials.  Still, none of us likes to go through tough times.  We prefer the comfort and “easy buttons” that exist only in a perfect world.  We, however, live in a broken world, and all of us are broken, and there are no “easy buttons”.  Perhaps we all long for perfection because we were created for a perfect world by a perfect God.  Friends, if you are facing struggles and trials today, you can be assured you are not alone.  So when the winds of adversity start to howl, put your hand in the hand of the one who can calm the storm.  It’s not an easy button, but it’s pretty close.