Holcomb Law, P.C. - March 2020

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FAMILY LAW • CRIMINAL DEFENSE • PERSONAL INJURY

MARCH 2020

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Do We Really

"Around here, we say 'you matter' a lot because we believe it’s true.”

Believe That ALL Things Work Together

FOR OUR GOOD?

D o we really believe that all things work together for good to those who love God? It comes from a well-known and often-quoted Bible verse: “ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. ” It’s Romans 8:28. Churchgoers are taught this as children in Sunday school. Maybe you don’t believe this stuff, and if so, that’s fine. Completely up to you. You have the power to choose your own belief system — and if you have problems believing there’s a God or that He is a good God, this verse would not make sense to you — yet! It’s all good; we’re all on a journey. But there are a lot of people who believe in a God who orchestrates this type of love and mastery of the details in our lives. For many who are going through very hard times, like many of you , this concept can be a source of tremendous comfort and hope. In fact, I know myself that it might be all you have to hold onto during very difficult times . Otherwise, life’s all random, and we as individuals just aren’t that important in the grand scheme. Yuck. On the inside, we have to know (or at least hope) that’s not the case. We teach our kids that all individuals have intrinsic value! Around here, we say “you matter” a lot because we believe it’s true. So, let’s say we do believe Romans 8:28, or that we’re at least trying to believe it — even if just for the sake of my article today!

So then, everything we meet in life, every person and every circumstance,

without exception, works together for our best in the long term?! It couldn’t be written more clearly, but our superficiality causes us not to see it (or truly believe it), even if we are looking. Or maybe we’re not interested enough, and we don’t take the time to really think such things through. But wait a second— there’s more. If we believe all things work for our best over time, then another Bible verse comes into play: “ In everything give thanks. ” In everything that is good give thanks? Nope, that’s not what it says. It says, “In everything give thanks” — in both “bad” (is it really bad?) and good. That’s how thankful you’d actually be if you believed all things work for your good! The Bible also says, “ Rejoice in the Lord always! ” Here’s where the rubber meets the road: If we believe that all things are working for our good, then why would we get angry, get offended, feel insulted, become jealous or envious, lose courage, become bitter, or hold a grudge? Why would we complain about anything, avenge ourselves, become restless, return evil for evil, dislike anybody, get upset, or be annoyed?

Aside from your pastor or priest, every therapist you’ll ever meet will likely tell you the psychological and physical benefits of focusing on the good and fostering a lifestyle of thanksgiving, forgiveness, and grace.

Especially in hard times, perhaps there’s something “good” about Romans 8:28. Hang in there. We believe the odds of recuperation and renewal are in your favor. You matter!

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