The longer I live the more the old clichés ring true. For the last two decades I have put enormous effort into getting God's truth into more hands via writing. I happen to sense a call of the Lord on this as for several years it was the only avenue available. And I thoroughly enjoy doing it while learning to do a better job along the way.
Early today I stumbled onto this by Grenville Kleiser; "People who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others have idled, have persevered when others gave up in despair."
One of my role models is John who lived for a time on the Isle called Patmos. He usually worked naked with no shoes and under the whip of a jailor, yet he never gave up in despair. He remarks about being "in the Spirit on the Lord's Day" and was used of God to write the book of Revelation. I have no delusions of being near the rarified state of John, yet I find that life can be despair inducing. I also find I can be in the Spirit in spite of circumstance and thus overcome despair. Circumstances are temporary, Christ is eternal.
1 John 4:4 "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." Contextually check out "them."
I really needed to read your article today. Thank you for your concise Christian insight on this topic. Your statement "circumstances are temporary, Christ is eternal" touched my heart and gave me hope. Thank you for the much needed encouragement stated so clearly.
~May God Bless You and your writing!