I’m learning that one of the advantages of growing older is experience. At this particular time it is the more difficult experiences that I’ve been through in my life that provide me with the most comfort now. Specifically, it is the knowledge that at various points in my life I have suffered deeply, but, despite that fact, those events are in my past as is the suffering that I endured. In addition, the trials that I’ve dealt with have helped me to better appreciate, than I would have before, the blessings that I have now.
If one takes time to look around them they’ll see family, friends, and acquaintances dealing with difficult situations. Why not take a moment to offer them the hope that the future can be brighter despite current circumstances?
Sometimes just a little well-grounded encouragement can make a world of difference to the person suffering. But, of course, the key is that you give encouragement that is rooted in real Hope. Without that anything you say really will just be empty words.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15