This is going to look like one of those “lesson-posts” at first, but I assure you, it’s actually going to make you laugh–a belly laugh even. Just wait for it.
We start with a verse where Paul’s sarcasm is thinly veiled: “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind. (Phil. 2:1-2)” (That’s from NASB, but if I put it right beside the reference, Reftagger won’t give you the alternate translation.)
Is there any encouragement? Any consolation? Any fellowship? Any at all? Sometimes we’re like the physician in Arkansas.
He misdiagnosed the patient. He declared the woman to be dead. The family was informed, and the husband was grief-stricken. Imagine the surprise of the nurse when she discovered that the woman was alive! “You better tell the family,” she urged the doctor.
The embarrassed physician phoned the husband and said, “I need to talk to you about the condition of your wife.”
“The condition of my wife?” he asked. “She’s dead.”
The doctor’s pride only allowed him to concede, “Well, she has seen a slight improvement.”
…We laugh, but don’t we do the same? We’ve gone from cremation to celebration. We deserve a lava bath, but we’ve been given a pool of grace.
Yet to look at our faces you’d think our circumstances had made only a “slight improvement.” “How’s life?” someone asks. And we who’ve been resurrected from the dead say, “Well, things could be better.”
Yes, life does seem extremely hard sometimes. That’s when we have to just maybe look a little harder, and see that really, our cup isn’t just half full–it’s overflowing!
(See Ken’s comment on this!)