10 ”The Lord has made me very grateful that at last you have thought about me once again. Actually, you were thinking about me all along, but you didn‘t have any chance to show it. 11(Even so) I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13 Christ gives me the strength to face anything.” – Philippians 4:10-13
Meet two little words: Even and So. They don‘t seem like much when you first look at them. All the same, they can be a powerful twosome in the lexicon of your daily life. Together, these two little words never pretend. They don‘t deny reality. And, they don‘t disguise the hardships of survival with paste on “everything is just fine” smiles. In fact, “even so” unflinchingly recognize that sometimes life just stinks.
This dynamic duo of words can stare courageously at the obstacles we face each day. With the help of their cousins – however, nevertheless, withal, still, yet, all the same, nonetheless, and notwithstanding – they shift our gaze from what we see only with our natural eyes to the things yet invisible to our senses. In the process, our attention is redirected from the limits of what we know to the one whom by nature is omniscient – our Creator, the all-knowing one (1 John 3:20).
And that my friends changes everything.
- Facing situations that are difficult?
Even so, you can do anything if you believe.
- Up against cliffs of challenge that seem impossible to climb?
Even so, God will see you through.
- Are storm clouds looming and you feel too weak to pray?
Even so, God will be the strength that you need.
- Do you feel like an angel of darkness is harassing you?
Even so, His grace (favor) is all you need to succeed.
- Are you confused; full of fears and doubts.
Even so, God has given you an overcomer’s spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
EVEN SO – In Brazil they say mesmo assim, in Italy nonostante ciò, comunque. All over the world, in any language, the meaning is clear; in our most desperate hour, God will supply us with the strength to face anything.
You’re right, sometimes, life stinks. Even so…, even so…
Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is a noted author, broadcaster, a popular Bible teacher and a rabbid Coastal Junkie ®
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