Bad News


“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Unknown

I have never met a person who has not experienced pain, heartache, disappointment or grief upon receiving bad news. A multitude of emotions will overwhelm and can even sink the character of the most optimistic soul.

Some things are hard to overcome. It takes perseverance, will, and faith. A lot of faith.

I don’t believe you can wish away bad news or ignore it altogether. You can try but bad news has a way of wreaking havoc unless you confront it and deal with it. What life lesson have you learned if you simply want to forget the bad things of life.

Life happens.

Peter denies Jesus three times yet turns his life around. As for Judas…his ending after making a terrible decision is not stellar as he elects suicide to solve his problems.

Jesus is the only person who knew bad news firsthand. Jesus knew the end at the beginning. I wonder if His earthly walk through life was lonely but then I remember He had a Father guiding his steps.

I don’t want to forget all the bad news. I want to walk through the trials and tribulations of this life until I hear “well done” from our Father in heaven which signals the end of bad news for all time. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)

Sweets for the Soul


How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

When I was young, my Dad travelled extensively throughout Florida. At his homecoming, Dad surprised us with peppermints collected in restaurants during his travels. Dad’s return was all the sweeter because he brought mints with him. What a delicious memory.

When I think of Jesus, I borrow the words from the wonderful hymn “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” In days of uncertainty with all of life’s trials and tribulations, it is worth remembering that we have a Savior who sweetens the pot and makes our life better. Not perfect but better.

I’m grateful for my earthly Father who was sweeter than words can express but I’m tremendously grateful for Jesus Christ who will never leave me and who promises so much more.


Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

A Right Spirit – Lent Two

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Yesterday was not one of my better days.

It is so easy for me to allow myself to get bogged down in the mundane daily trials of life. One word of discouragement can lead to a day filled with anxiety and disappointment.

What a waste of a perfectly good day.

By day’s end, I had started my Lenten walk by attending Ash Wednesday services. During the service, we recited the 51st Psalm. What struck me was Verse 11: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me”.

I’m worried about the trivial but God is worried about my heart. I’ll stick with God and worry less about myself. He knows what is important and uses a solemn service to remind me…

…and I’m glad.