Looking on the Bright Side

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Martha Washington, the first First Lady of the United States once said, "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."

Looking at the bright side of circumstances is both a decision and an art.  Depending on our dispositions, we can be miserable in the best of circumstances, or--with God's help--joyful in the worst of circumstances.  We paint the world around us with the colors of our choosing.  Will we let the darkness of self-pity inundate us?  Or will we be strong and say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Will we complain about what we don't have?  Or will we be grateful for what we do have?

Romans 8:28 says, "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  God is in control.  Hold your heads up high Soldiers of the Cross!  Let us focus on the bright side till we see nothing but the brightness of His glory.  For there will come a day when "God shall wipe away all tears from their [our] eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."  God is faithful.