I saw these TWO pictures today and I went into retro mode. The year was 1981 and I was living in Gloversville, N.Y.. I was a preacher between churches, very discouraged and working at whatever menial work I could find within an area of New York that had a 30% unemployment rate. I finally found work as a janitor and that is when I met Morris. He was in his very late fifties (or early sixties) and one of the saddest sacks I have ever met. But, occasionally, he would open his wallet, look at something and smile. You guessed it, it was the serenity prayer. He gave me one sometime later and I kept it with me for many years. Something happened today that upset me greatly and I was feeling bad; very bad!!! Then, as I was looking though my collection of pictures, I came across the purple one above. For me, situations that involve "things" usually present no problem. It is when they involve others that sometimes I lose it. I remembered one of my favorite passages from the Scriptures and it helped; it really helped!!!
Philippians, Chapter 4
13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
God will help me through anything; even those situations that seem insurmountable!!!! In reality, if I have a problem, I need to remember that God loves me and will help. I just need to realize the problem ultimately comes back to me and MY SHORTCOMINGS. Thank you, God, for helping me once again. I hope these two pictures and the passage from Philippians help you as well!!! If they don't... think about it... it will come to you... I PROMISE!!!