Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick ...

A God-loyal life keeps you on track; sin dumps the wicked in the ditch. A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. The rich can be sued for everything they have, but the poor are free of such threats. The lives of good people are brightly lit streets; the lives of the wicked are dark alleys. Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around. -Proverbs 13:6-9,12 MSG

Being faithful to God is a lifelong pursuit that is replete with trials, heartaches and disappointments. Yet this kind of life is also accompanied by something that transcends pain and suffering - knowing God and being known by him somehow puts these things in perspective. As I look back over my life I realize that even in deep despair I had a sense that God was with me - when Ellen, my first wife, died I had a deep sense that someone was walking beside me.

It is this understanding that causes faith, faithfulness and perseverance to spring up from our souls. In truth no one can take you to court and strip you of these things. No one can take our integrity from us. These things light our way in life and cause hope to arise and fill our hearts even in the toughest of times. These are the the simple things that make our lives so full. Apart from faith, hope and love life would be without meaning but with them life is so rich.

You Lord are the author and completer of our faith. Author faith in us today where none exists.

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