Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10 NRSV)

A shipwrecked sailor who had been alone on a tiny island for months was elated when he saw a ship approaching. He watch with delight as a rowboat was lowered from the ship and began to make its way to shore. When the small boat arrived on shore, two officers from the boat tossed the sailor a newspaper.

"Captain's compliments," said one of the officers. "Read that before you decide if you really want to be rescued."

Yes, our world is sometimes a bad place to live. God doesn't promise to prevent us from experiencing the bad things of life. God does promise, however, to help us endure life's hardships, so that we can find true happiness in Christ.

God of peace, help me endure my hardships with your loving peace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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