[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, only to be overcome by their grief.
There is Hope and Help
For those who depend on God we have hope as an anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:18-20) We have God’s help and guidance, as well as His comfort and peace.
Taking our Thoughts Captive
In terms of mentally protecting ourselves I’ve come to see Philippians 4:8 as a shield from the darker things of this world. We always have hope in our struggles.
“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
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’s in short abundance; it just needs to be remembered and enjoyed.
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