Sunday, August 12, 2012
I hung up the phone in amazement. During our phone conversation my friend shared that her husband lost his job that afternoon yet her last words to me before hanging up were, "Life is hard, but God is good." This wasn't just a phrase that she throws around easily. This woman really means it and lives it. She's endured chronic health and financial issues yet she is able to say with conviction and authenticity, "Life is hard, but God is good." She maintains joy when she could be angry, peace instead of strife, and hope instead of despair. But how? How does she manage to embrace life instead of curling up in a ball and watching it pass by? The secret. She has learned the secret to life...just like Paul. Phillippians 4:12-13 (NLT), "I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need." This is the secret to living.