I want to head back to 1 Peter 1:5-7 again today. Something tells me we could all continue to use the encouragement of Peter's words, especially the advice I want you to focus on today.
1 Peter 1:5-7,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Regardless of what you may be going through today, you need to rejoice. Peter says in verse 6, In this you greatly rejoice, even if for a season you are experiencing various trials.
Friend, keep your sense of humor. It will help you outlast your trials.
I read a story once about a guy parachuting when the wind blew him onto a track where they were racing cars…not a good place to land in a parachute. He was trying to get his parachute off when another gust of wind came and started dragging him face first down the track.
He finally got the parachute off and stood up only to see a car racing towards him. He quickly jumped out of the way and said to himself, "Man, I'm glad that's over!" and turned to get off the track. As he did, he stepped in a hole and twisted his ankle.
That was just too much! Even in his pain, he just started laughing!
Keep your sense of humor. Even if you are going through the roughest patch you have ever been through.
Do not let your trials rob you of your joy.
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