“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)
Recently while at a ballgame in the extreme Louisiana summer heat, our youngest grandson’s face was beet red while playing. Rex was obviously hot, tired and thirsty. We noticed him standing beside a little girl who had a large cold Icee. The look on Rex’s face said it all, “This is not fair. Why does she have one and I don’t?”
This reminds us, even as adults, how much we are all alike. We want life to be fair. Ever since that other kid got an Icee and we didn’t – and they wouldn’t share…we’ve all been saying the same words, “That’s not fair!”
Whoever told us life is going to be fair? God surely didn’t. He didn’t say, “If you have many kinds of troubles.” He said, “Tou will have many kinds of troubles.”
Troubles are part of the package so don’t be surprised. You’ve turned your life over to God but life will not always be easy. In fact, evil will turn up the heat.
Fortunately for us today, Celebrate Recovery gives us the tools we need to work through the problems and struggles that come our way. It points us back to God’s Word. We are not only able to exist, but we can have a victorious abundant life – even amid trials.
In Celebrate Recovery one of the greatest benefits we discover is a fellowship of like-minded overcoming victorious believers in Jesus Christ. We’ve come to know that we don’t have to do life alone anymore. We have Forever Family to walk with us on the road to recovery.
Mac and Mary Owen, Celebrate Recovery National Director and National Training Coach