Some of my friends think I'm crazy for being so optimistic and joyful during this juncture in America's history. While they tell me it is time to pack up my guns and canned food and hide out at the ranch, I try to explain to them why this is a wonderful time to be a patriotic, liberty loving American.
If all you focus on right now is the damage being done by the socialists in Washington, D.C. or the loss of liberty taking place there, then you will be depressed and decide it is time to give up.
But if you step back from television and you look at our situation in the context of history, you will discover several very important lessons that should restore your optimism and joy.
First, our joy should remain regardless of the circumstances. This is virtually impossible for those with no faith because they only live in the here and now. It is, however, perfectly reasonable for those who have faith in God. Imagine how illogical it would be for President Lincoln to have any joy at all in the middle of the Civil War when our own countrymen were killing each other by the thousands.
The Year that is drawing to a close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God… No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
Joy comes from knowing whose you are, not from where you are or the circumstances that surround you.
[Read the rest of the article at RickGreen.com.]