16 October 2009

Rebuttal

My friend and I were discussing happiness on Facebook. She said, after much back-and-forth, "But life isn't meant to be miserable. While people have their trials and tribulations, how can you inspire people to follow a Christian life if they see you and you aren't happy? People don't want to emulate people that do not seem happy."

I don't know if my rebuttal was adequate:

"I hope the inspiration to follow Christ (not a Christian life)comes from my lack of panic and the trust in the whole picture/plan and the ability to get through each day as it comes. Look at the people that inspire a following- it's not the "happy" people on spring break having fun for the moment; it's those who overcome struggles... the Olympian has triumph on the pedestal after years of determination, struggle, pain, and perseverance. The veteran walks again after war, disfigurement, rehab, practice, and determination. The runner hits the crossing line after months of training and pain and perseverance and making the choice each day to go practice. Do I seem so miserable? What have I said/written that makes me seem so miserable? Then I gave these Scriptures as evidence:

Hebrews 12:1-3 let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Romans 5:2-5 we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

2 Thessalonians 1:4 among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

What do my readers think?

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