Are You Happy and Hopeful?
By Jim Sim
My wife being Finnish didn’t grow up with the handy Scottish phrases, metaphors, sarcasm and what I like to call wittiness, that I grew up with.
Not every Scottish joke is funny but I have to say that with her Finnish accent, a few well placed Scottish-isms can be hilarious.
One that was often used around my youth was to describe someone getting overly worked up as being, ‘in a right state’ or getting ‘their knickers in a twist’.
And I have to say that there is a lot of ‘knicker twisting’ going around.
Just about everywhere that you look.
Turn on the tv, open your internet browser, buy a Newspaper or magazine, look at your social media. People everywhere getting into a ‘right state’ over just about anything.
Their working conditions
Their neighbors parking
Dressing badly at Wal Mart
The list can go on.
And people getting really worried, upset, angry and fearful over it all.
While some things are worth having concern over, I see and hear so much negativity, complaining, and meanness in it all that is unnecessary.
Why is it unnecessary?
‘“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7
If you have been in a ‘right state’ or got your ‘knickers in a twist’, ‘worked yourself into a lather’, aka lost your peace over something, anything.
You can recover your sense of calm and assurance right now.
Tell Jesus thank you;
For the joy of your salvation,
For the gift of The Spirit of peace,
For his abiding presence personally,
For his power to rescue you from every evil attack,
For his commitment to you, to provide for you,
For his sovereign wisdom overseeing world events,
For his victory over death, even your death!
For the sting and burden of your own sin – GONE!
Shall I go on?
Give thanks, and peace covers you. Not your peace, His peace.
That keeps me and you happy and hopeful. Today, tomorrow; forever. Heb.13:8
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