Scripture: 1 Peter
In his book Muscular Faith, author and campus pastor Ben Patterson writes, “When circumstances aren’t as agreeable as I want them to be, I practice a little spiritual discipline that has managed to feed my hope and keep me in joy, nevertheless.
The story is told of a young soldier who came back home from the war in Vietnam. When out with some family and friends he was pressed for some war stories, but he deflected by saying nothing dramatic happened to him. His family and friends were unsatisfied by the answer and pestered him, believing that he was being too modest.
The inimitable and inspiring C. H. Spurgeon once said, “Oftentimes when I have been travelling on the Continent I have been obliged to put up at an hotel that was full, where the room was so inconvenient, that it scarcely furnished any accommodation at all. But we have said, ‘Oh, never mind: we are off in the morning! What matters it for one night?’ So, as we are soon to be gone, and the time of our departure is at hand, let us not be ruffling our tempers about trifles, nor raise evil spirits around us by cavilling and finding fault. Take things as you find them, for we shall soon be up and away.”
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