John 16:33

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.


It can’t be more clear than that. Jesus said to expect troubles. So for those Christians who believe being a Christian means living a trouble-free life or at least a tragedy-free life, think again.

It’s simply not true.

We often feel that being a Christian gives us a free pass on the bad things in life. So when tough times come, it shakes our faith. It makes us believe God doesn’t love us or that we’re being punished.  So, it’s important to remember that Jesus told us we would have troubles.

I think of myself as an optimist, really I do! I am not a pessimist, but I do have a unique way of dealing with life. When I’m facing “something” I look at all the possibilities, including the worst possible outcomes. But I also imagine me overcoming the worst possible situation. (That’s where the optimism kicks in.)

When the worst possible thing doesn’t happen and it rarely does, it makes the present difficulty seem a little less daunting. And even if the worst does happen, I’ve already visualized overcoming it.

But one thing I don’t do. I do NOT dwell on the worst possible scenario for very long because that becomes worrying. And I don’t believe in worrying! It’s a huge waste of time.

Instead, I think about it, give it to God, and then move on.

If I catch myself worrying, I consciously make an effort to think of the best outcome until the negative feelings vanish. But again, I believe I was born an optimist and that makes it easier for me.

I know it’s not as easy for everyone else.

I believe that understanding this concept that we will all experience trouble in the world, makes us stronger when the bad things happen. But here is the verse to look to when trouble comes:

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I read this verse over and over and remind myself of this as often as I need to during times of crisis. It comforts me a great deal. And this is where developing your roots come in handy.

By knowing God’s promises and God’s love for you, you can face adversity without losing your faith. And that will make all the difference in your life.


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