Be of Good Cheer

While working for his former employer, a Christian friend of mine had an extremely high pressure job. One Wednesday evening, I asked him how he was doing. He responded, “This day has been a long week.”

Have you ever had a day like that—a day when it seemed as though nothing was going right? Like the homeowner in Maui I read about. He was told by the fire investigators that the cause of the blaze which destroyed his home was a short in the newly installed fire prevention alarm system. He responded, “This is even worse than last year, when someone broke in and stole my new security system!”

Perhaps you experienced the frustration that comes when, no matter how hard you tried, you just could not seem to make yourself understood. Like the man who spoke frantically to someone at the doctor’s office, “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!” The voice on the other end replied, “Is this her first child?” Without missing a beat, he shouted, “No! This is her husband!”

Life is that way, isn’t it? Sometimes it seems as though we just can not catch a break. We experience misfortune and are misunderstood. When we are caught in the whirlwind of the events, they are not comical, either. Often, the circumstances are momentous challenges to our faith and faithfulness. Make no mistake about it, in life we will experience some tremendous disappointments and heart-jarring hurts. It is at these times that we are faced with a crucial decision. How will we respond?

Ultimately, we have two choices. We will either choose to get better or to get bitter. The road of bitterness is dark and lonely. The road of betterness, though, is well lit and secure. For it is on this road we meet our Savior and hear His encouraging words, “In the world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In Christ we are triumphant, indeed! As we continue our shared journey into the heart of God, let’s be of good cheer!!

© Bill Williams, August 22, 2005
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12 Responses to Be of Good Cheer

  1. Terri says:

    I’m tryin’, I’m tryin!

  2. Kathy says:

    I’ve had more than my share of ‘week of Fridays’.
    What a nasty surprise to wake up joyful because it was Friday, only to remember it was really only Tuesday [or Wednesday, or Thursday, or even Monday! Grrrr]

    There were more than a few times I wondered if God had designed work days within a bubble city, separating my ‘real’ life from God. Then one of the small kids at school would smile in greeting as only a little child can do, or a distressed mom would give me a ‘thank you’ or ask me to pray for their child – and God’s love would again illuminate my life.

    Then there are the goofy days – those days I seem to drop everything I touch – mess up even the simplest meal – spill everything – trip on the sidewalk – those “I shoulda’ stayed in bed” days. They still creep into my golden retirement days about as much as they did during my work days. Humpf! 🙂

    I’m living proof of Jesus’ promise that we would have trials and tribulations in this life – I’ve never doubted it nor do I expect anything different – but His joy is still there because He’s still here! \o/

  3. Greg England says:

    I spent 7 years in a situation where each day seemed like a week. My sanity came from lots of physical exercise and praying, for myself and for those I considered my enemies. The latter prayers were most difficult. My son is in a similar work situation today. What else would we expect in a fallen world? I am grateful that there aren’t more days like that!

  4. Kathy says:

    How true, Greg about praying for those that attack us. That was one of the only saving measures I found to be able to work with one boss at the school district.
    Also, since she knew a group of us went to my house about 3 x a week at lunch for prayer, I told her when we had prayed for her. She visibly softened when she knew we held her up to God. I was, btw, the longest-lived admin. that particular gal ever had had or since had. I left that position in 1998 and she still hasn’t had someone in that position longer than my tenure of 1.5 years.

  5. Cecil Walker says:

    Reminds me of the time my trailer was broken into following a trip to South Carolina. I was making a list of stolen items for the Police when I discovered an open package of “softball socks.” I had bought the socks to go with my softball uniform. I was informed by the investigating officer that the burglar’s m.o. was to use a pair of the victim’s socks as gloves to keep from leaving fingerprints. I miss those socks.

  6. preacherman says:

    I have learned that in no matter what situation we find our live in good or bad we can be of good cheer. I have learned that this past month being in the hospital. I have learned it by relying on God. Bill you are so right it is a choice. You can choose to be bitter to you chooce to rely on the God. If you choose to rely on God he will give you the strength you need and help you need each day to be of good cheer despite the situation.

    I want to thank you brother for all you have done, your thoughts, prayers and gift. God bless you and your ministry.

    In Him,
    Kinney Mabry

  7. Man, did I ever need this post in my life right now. Bless you, brother Bill.

  8. Maria Toth says:

    Ha! I can relate to the ‘long week’ syndrome! Forgive me, Lord for the times i’ve got bitter rather than better!

    God bless
    Maria in the UK

  9. Dee Andrews says:

    Thanks, Bill, for the reminder to be of good cheer. I try to be that way, myself, through all and that’s one reason I’ve started signing off around everywhere –


    It works for me to remind me. So for today to each of you –

    Cheers & Blessings!


  10. Everyday with twenty-one five year olds is like a week! 🙂

    Thanks for the post.

  11. Kdavis777 says:

    So true is this blog! Isn’t it amazing how many times it is with little things that make the day go like this. Thanks for reminding us that God is there through the work of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

  12. Angie says:

    Aaaaaaah…. It’s nice to be back at the oasis! I suppose my New Year’s resolution should be to *not* get behind on reading blogs! Not because it’s a spiritual discipline or anything… but b/c of the good stuff I miss out on when I do that. Nice to see that your blog is still such a welcome respite for all. And hey, your blogroll is looking great! You and John Dobbs will be my go-to guys whenever I need to look up someone’s blog.

    Happy New Year to you, Bill!

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