Jesus said, “In this life you will have trials and tribulations”(John 16:33). We all wish that it was not so, but it is. In this world we do have trials and tribulations because Satan is for now the prince and power of this world (Eph.2:1). Jesus also said of our adversary, “The thief comes but to steal, kill, and destroy.” That is more bad news, but He also gave us some really good news in the same sentence, “I came that you may have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Once again, we will at various times encounter negative situations as we journey through life, but Jesus, our Champion, has given us a choice over the way we deal with setbacks and negative events.
In the year 1880, a young virbrant baby girl was born named, Helen Keller. At nineteen months of age, she contracted an unknown disease that destroyed her eyesight and hearing. For most parents, that would have been totally devastating, but her mother and father were determined to give her every opportunity to live as normal a life as possible. Little Helen learned to read braille, and with this major victory in hand, was no longer isolated from the world. She then accepted another daunting challenge, learning how to speak without the aide of hearing spoken words. Once again, she succeeded, and at the age of twenty four, graduated from Radcliffe College with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude. Helen Keller went on to be a worldwide celebrity, speaking to huge crowds all over the world. The list of people who sought to know her included Sir Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, and many, many others. She devoted her life to championing the rights of the disabled, while giving hope and purpose to millions of people who were not disabled. She was quoted as saying, “When one door closes another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we fail to see the one which has been opened to us.” Those are wise words of wisdom, especially for someone who could not physically see or hear. Helen Keller understood that much had been stolen from her, but she was determined to live and enjoy the abundant life that Jesus said she could have.
So now, we may ask ourselves, “What trial or circumstance has beset us that we cannot overcome?” In truth, there is not a trial or circumstance that we cannot overcome with the help of our Lord. He has spoken concerning His children, “No weapon formed against us can prosper;” “We were created to walk in divine health and too prosper;” We are God’s Champions, not the enemy’s chumps! It’s our choice, so let’s determine to accentuate the positive and speak life.