Refuse to be discouraged

At times our lives move along nicely. We have what we need and then some; life seems not only fair but generous. Then there are other times when some particular challenge—or series of challenges—may tempt us to feel bogged down.

That's when we need to be especially careful to hold our thought courageously to the standard of the Christ—confident in God's beneficent control over all. Turning to the New Testament, we can find comfort and inspiration in Christ Jesus' unparalleled spiritual poise and confidence in the face of severe challenges from angry mobs and hostile civil and religious leaders. And we can do our best to follow his teachings and example by steps both great and small, remembering that each Christly step, no matter how tiny it seems to us, is a step Godward.

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