[So that in me you may have peace]
The recent death of Actor/Comedian Robin Williams has turned my thoughts to the many comedians who’ve used laughter as a means to combat the darkness in this world, as well as the darkness in their own lives. Sadly, too many of them have had to fight too hard, their grief overcoming them. However, there is hope, and there is help for those who need that help.
In terms of mentally protecting ourselves I’ve come to see Philippians 4:8 as a shield from the darker things of this world. As Christians, we always have hope in our struggles. The world may seem and feel at times veiled in darkness, but Jesus tells us that He has overcome the world.
Jesus’ words to His disciples (Students.):
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33
The road may be difficult, and the heart may grow weary, but this is not the end of the story. Life is worth fighting for, and it’s worth living, even with all it’s hills, it’s valleys and it’s deserts. It’s the tough stuff that builds character, and it’s the broken who are made beautiful.
We can, and we should, turn our thoughts towards things that are worth thinking on. There’s enough darkness to overwhelm, but there can be more of that sunshine that warms the soul. It’s not hidden, and I’m not convinced that it’ in short abundance; it just needs to be remembered and enjoyed.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” —Philippians 4:8