Poise or Panic?

Some aspects of life may at times appear terribly complex, at odds, and confusing. Filling out tax forms, buying a house, changing a career, facing a physical disorder, often have more than a few baffling and anxious moments. The tempo of daily activities is on the increase, making quick decisions necessary. To deal with these conditions is to deal with the mental atmosphere that produces them. And coping successfully with any problem or challenge requires poise and composure, a mentality that refuses to be ruffled by even the most abrasive situations.

Christ Jesus exhibited this valuable quality of poise throughout his career. When his enemies would seize him to do him bodily harm, the Master quietly avoided them and went on his way. See John 8:59; When tempted by the devil, Jesus firmly turned back Satan's every suggestion. See Matt. 4:3–10;

April 12, 1975

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