I am discouraged about the world we live in today. There is so much turmoil and dread for tomorrow. Though I read my Bible, just listening to the news is discouraging. It is hard to find a glimmer of good. I can’t even escape in my own house. What can a person do to overcome such despair?


From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Smile. Be that “glimmer” for someone else who may be more discouraged than you. The Bible tells us to apply our hearts unto wisdom (Psalm 90:12). While our tendency is to live in the past and sometimes dread the future, it is important to remember that the devil wants us to live discouraged lives. If we focus on what is bad we pull the shade on future’s light.

Desire an outgoing, outflowing life in the context of eternity. When Jesus left this earth after His resurrection, He said, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). That Helper is the Holy Spirit of the living God.

Do not be trapped by the world’s darkness. If you belong to Jesus Christ you are a child of light. Remember, if you are discouraged, imagine how much more discouraged others are. Make a point to be pleasant and smile. People from every race and culture respond to a smile. Try it and you will see. There is indeed so much unpleasantness in this world, but the Bible says that the kingdom of God is peace and joy (Romans 14:17).

Find a smile for your family, neighbors, co-workers and, yes, even strangers. You will find that you will leave your house each day with a sweeter spirit.

(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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