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Have you noticed that the weather affects how your body feels? I don’t even have to peer out the window to know it’s raining outside. Instead, my joints and my spine call out, “rain, rain” through their aches and twinges. I’m tempted on those days to take some pain medicine and pull the covers over my head.
On the other hand, when the sun is shining, I want to jump out of bed and hustle into the day. Of course, the reality is I crawl out of bed and shuffle into the morning, but I’m still excited about what the next hours will bring.
Similarly, problems and struggles in life can affect our bodies, causing headaches and other pains. They can even lead to grumpiness and depression.
The Apostle Paul certainly had his share of aches and problems. In 2 Corinthians 11: 22-28, he mentions being whipped, stoned, shipwrecked, in peril, weary, sleepless, hungry, thirsty, naked and concerned about his churches. Yet, if we look at his letters to his churches, we see no whining and complaining. Instead we see encouragement. His example of being positive is a great one for us.
We fare better if we keep hopeful. As Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters used to sing: “It will help us every day/ It will brighten all the way/ If we keep on the sunny side of life.” Despite what’s going on outside, let’s smile on the inside.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.