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July 10, 2006, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

Dealing with Difficult Circumstances

Marc Grindle, Church of Christ, Dassel

If there is one thing that I have learned in my life and ministry, it is this: there is not a person alive who has not had to deal with difficult circumstances in his or her life.

Now I realize that some people seem to have more than their share of difficult circumstances. Yet, the reality is, everybody will face his or her share of difficult circumstances in his or her lifetime.

Young children must learn to walk and talk and tie their shoes. Kids must learn to read, write and do math figures. Teenagers deal with peer pressure, image issues and relationship stress. Adults struggle with finances, work, family and a wide variety of other stresses. Older adults deal with failing health, retirement and fixed incomes.

No one is immune from difficult circumstances. Therefore, the question is NOT “How difficult is your life?”… the question is, “How BIG is your God!?” The Apostle Paul learned the “secret” of dealing with difficult circumstances.Listen to what he wrote in Philippians 4:12, “…I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” He then reveals that “secret” in verse 13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!”

The secret in dealing with difficult circumstances is not eliminating the circumstances… the secret is learning to lean on Christ’s strength! Jesus put it this way in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Jesus never said that we would not have troubles in life. In fact, he said we would! But he did promise that in him we could find peace and strength to make it through any trial.


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