some half-baked idea who to thank

Wednesday May 25th, Romans 5: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.  Life does not always go smoothly.  There are dips and bumps on the road of life for us all.  When you meet someone who possesses that something we call “character,” it is not because the road has gone smooth for them; it is because they have learned to handle the bumps by holding fast to the loving hand of God.  They live their life knowing that there are bumps in this journey for everyone.  Character comes not from smooth sailing, but knowing the presence of God in the beauty of a calm sunset, and knowing that God is always near in the violence of the storm.  Lack of character and a façade of callousness is what comes from thinking you can go it in this world all alone, without the loving hand of God. A Christian is not any better than anyone else, they just have some half-baked idea who to thank, and they do so often in word and in deed, in how they live their life and how they live toward others.  


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