Drinking from the Cup the Father has Given Us

by Mike Ratliff

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:12-17 ESV)

This being the day after Christmas 2006, God has, as He always does with me, made sure that I reflected much over the last several days on the drive we all have to attempt to find a sense of happiness, peace, joy, or what have you in our circumstances. I caught myself several times over the last few weeks waxing melancholic in a attempt to “be happy” because of supposed circumstances where I could relax and be fulfilled because of Christmas causing things to happen that brought back special memories. Depression seemed to be gaining ground several times because that “Christmas Spirit” didn’t seem to be taking hold. Continue reading