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October 25, 2013

Verna Davis: What's a Christian to do when bad things happen?

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Thirdly, I remember we all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). I'm a sinner. So are you. We all do things that disappoint people, things that make ourselves and others pay the consequences for our actions. That's what mercy and forgiveness is all about. Jesus told us in Mark 11:25-26 that God will forgive us our sins based on how much we forgive others.

Laughter helps, too (even though it never completely erases the pain.) I've been known to look in the mirror during times of crisis and say, "Listen up. There will be no further crises this week; your schedule is too full." I try to laugh so much that my location can be tracked through the sound of my laughter. I give promise myself that just because things are going wrong doesn't mean I have to go with them.

Remember this: Laughter may be hazardous to your depression. The pain doesn't go away, but it becomes more bearable. (Maybe that's what Mary Poppins meant about that spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down.) After all, like it says in Proverbs 22, laughter is good, like a medicine. I agree wholeheartedly.

But I'm still really glad that my terrible, horrible, no-good very bad week is over!

Verna Davis, author and speaker, lives in Frankton. She can be reached at Vrdspeaks@yahoo.com.

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