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In this life there will be trouble.  Any adult—and most kids, now know that life is a challenge.  Like most Journeys, there are up hills and down hills.  There are detours and difficult stretches that often seem impassible.  Paul wanted the Romans and the Church to be clear on that point.  BUT, he also wanted them to keep life in perspective.

 As Paul compared the present struggles to the joy and abundance of eternity, he said there is no comparison.  That is no small statement for a guy that had beaten multiple times, in shipwrecks, blind and soon to be executed for his faith.  Still, he realized that this present suffering was nothing compared to the surpassing greatness of Christ. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul made his position clear—“I have learned to be content in all circumstances—whether well fed or hungry living in plenty or in want I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:12-13

 What about us?  If these times are the training grounds for the days to come; have we learned to be content?  The trick is knowing that, as in any army, training is always ongoing.  It changes to prepare us for every eventuality, and it does not let up–so that we will remain prepared.  We need to stay sharp, stay ready and stay focused on the prize—eternity with him.  Never lose hope, never give up and never give in to the enemy’s deceptions or attacks!  We are his kids—chosen and protected by a father that loves us!

 God Bless You

 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this