My friend, may I ask you a question? Discouragement. Is there any doubt that some day you and I will feel it? Perhaps you are sitting on the ash heap of life right now, wondering what possible good could come from it? How can there be another side to the pain and the sorrow?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Discouragement comes into our lives without invitation. It just shows up, usually at the most unexpected and inconvenient of times. It’s pretty much a sure thing. The question really is what do we do with it when it finds us? The choice seems clear; we can either see it as a cross or hold it up as a blessing. When we recognize that even discouragement has a purpose in our lives, that’s when it becomes possible to use it to our advantage. To do that, however, involves risk. We risk our our personal comforts, physical and emotional. And there’s always that risk that we might be misunderstood. Perhaps our friends might say, “Seems a little Pollyannaish to me. Get real. Only a fool could see a bright side to something so dismal!”

Here are some thoughts by Michael McCartney: “To laugh is to risk appearing the fool; to weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement; to expose feelings is to risk exposing, your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss; to love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying; to hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure; but risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live. Only a person who risks is free.” (Michael McCartney)

Discouragement. There’s no doubt that some day you will feel it. Perhaps you are sitting on the ash heap of life right now, wondering what possible good could come of it. How can there be another side to the pain and the sorrow? You’ll never find out if you don’t risk the journey. The Apostle Paul had every right to be discouraged. He was in prison, in chains for the gospel. His preaching days were just about over. A good side; get real! This could only lead to one thing, a painful life followed by a painful death. Yet, Paul was able to grasp the real importance of his situation. Good would certainly come from it because God was in control of the good and the bad things that happened to him. In that he could find solace. In fact, in his discomfort he was able to find real, honest-to-goodness spiritual comfort. Discouraged? No doubt there were times. But Paul, the great risk taker for the gospel, was always able to see the other side–the brighter side, illumined by the love of Christ. Truly something worth the risk!

We pray. Heavenly Father, may we be men and women of faith who lay hold of God in prayer willing to risk ourselves in this life knowing that God is our provider in strength and character. May our fervent prayers of faith for the seemingly impossible task ahead be on our lips no matter the circumstance or situation. Lord, turn us to You, to penetrate the problems in our lives, big or small. May we open the doors of improbability with our prayers, to paste our lives back together even when they seem so torn apart. You major in performing what men often see as the impossible and we know that You love to break through when all hope seems dim. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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