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If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.  – Theodore Roosevelt

I’ve known plenty of distress in my life, and yes, I have been the root cause of most of it.  Bad attitude and poor decisions will get me every time.  I’m going to venture that I’m not alone in that.

If all of our troubles were our own fault, we could fix that.  As if our own self-inflicted wounds weren’t bad enough, the world is full of trouble causing others people too and The Adversary.  I don’t think Jesus was too far out on the limb when he told his disciples they would have distress in their lives.

33 I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.”    John 16: 33 (CEB)

Even if you were perfect, you’d still have problems, cause others ain’t.  But there is peace for that.  I didn’t say solution, I said peace.  The promise of Jesus to be with us always.   The one who stepped down into our mess on that first Christmas Day, doesn’t mind stepping into our mess every day to see us through it.  Better than a distant God, or a controlling God that doesn’t allow freedom and free will, God loves us and steps into our troubles.  That’s the true meaning of the Incarnation.

What’s troubling you today?  How much of that did you cause?  How much was thrown on you?  No matter.  The one who has conquered death is with you through the messes that we make and the ones that are dumped on us. “Be encouraged.”

Prayer:  Lord, you know the troubles we have.  Some of it we have caused, some of it just happened to us.  Be with us.  Give us your peace.  Encourage us.  Help us be to be part of the solution to our troubles and may we be inspired help to others and their needs.  Amen.