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I want to have the happiness Christianity promises, so why do I constantly feel defeated? Life is short, and I don’t want to miss the excitement and happiness my parents promised and said this is possible while living for Christ, but I haven’t experienced this at all.


From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

We must remember we are immortal and will live forever. To expect absolute, unqualified bliss in this life is expecting a bit too much. This life is only the dressing room for eternity. Jesus said that in this life there will be persecution, slander, libel, and deception. He also said, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:12, NKJV).

Sadly, the word “joy” has all but disappeared from our Christian vocabulary. One of the reasons is that we have thought that joy and happiness were found in comfort, ease, and luxury. James did not say, “Count it all joy when you fall into an easy chair,” but he said, “Count if all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2, NKJV). Difficulties and hardships for the Christian are what “growing pains” are to the growing child. No pain, no development. No struggle, no victory.

The Gospel should never be dull, for it is the most exciting and relevant news we could ever receive. When we find it dull, it is a warning sign that something is going on inside us and we need to take action to correct it.

Christians are to think and act within the framework of eternity. They should not be embittered when things don’t turn out the way they planned. They know that the sufferings of this present world are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed hereafter.

(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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