Hang in there!
When I was a teenager, posters were popular. One of the more famous ones was of a kitten hanging on to a rope with the caption, “Hang in there, baby!” It was an encouragement not to let your problems get you down. Hang on – it will get better.
Our natural reaction to problems is to reject them. When given a choice of riches or poverty, we choose riches. When given a choice of more or less, we choose more. When given a choice of strength or weakness, we choose strength.
But what if you could have greater riches by choosing poverty? What if you could have more by choosing less? What if you could have better health by being sick? What if you could have strength by choosing weakness? What if problems were actually good for you?
Maybe you are given a people problem so you could have a better relationship. Maybe God has allowed this issue to arise so that He could make the relationship better. Maybe the weakness in your relationship is really a strength in disguise.
This has been Paul’s experience of his troubles. God had something better in store for him. The more problems he had the more blessings he received. So Paul chose to glory in his problems. Now that is a unique perspective and attitude!
This Sunday, October 6, I will continue my Fall sermon series, People Problems. We are discovering some principles to help our fractured relationships from the example of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10-13.
This Sunday I will talk about how “Weakness” helps our relationships from 2 Corinthians 12. Paul experienced a lot of really good things and a lot of really bad things. But it was the bad things that helped him the most. Through Paul’s weaknesses God revealed His glory, grace, strength, and wisdom. He will do the same for you.
As you think of your problems, I hope you will see them from another perspective. I believe Paul would agree with this quote: “Every problem is a gift. Without problems we would not grow.” Problems are like washing machines. They twist us, spin us, and knock us around. But in the end, we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before. Join me as we “glory in our problems.”
Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.