UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 04: Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential candidate, right, and her daughter Piper wave to the audience after a speech by Senator John McCain of Arizona, Republican presidential candidate, on day four of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. McCain accepted his party's nomination during his speech tonight. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13
So I wasn’t overly sympathetic. Can you blame me?
I was talking to a young lady who was devastated after a Facebook comment dissed her appearance.
“Umm, they didn’t like your new ‘do’?” I feigned understanding. “How many Facebook followers you got there?”
“Three,” she said.
Big hurts and little hurts, we’ve all got ’em.
I won’t bore you with my own bumps and bruises, but a wealth of “Palin stuff,” true or not, paraded before the world, seemingly on a regular basis, gives me experience to help others persevere.
God can use indignities for His purposes! One way to survive is to keep your perspective. Kissing a firstborn goodbye – off to war; cradling a newborn struggling with special needs; preparing for a teenager’s pending motherhood; governing the nation’s largest state; and campaigning for vice president of those states…all at once, Lord? This, while ruthless rumormongers felt big by making others feel small.
How to handle all that?
My “sufferings” are minuscule compared to others: those who have lost a family member in military service, or lost a child, or who are single moms with no supportive family to help them.
It’s hard for all of us to keep perspective. But one way to gain perspective is to get out there and help other people.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, volunteer for people who are really hurting, hurting worse than you are. Don’t dwell on anything out of your control – especially don’t worry about what people say about you. Give it all to God. And, darling Piper, ignore Facebook slights about your purple hair.
Click here for more information on Sarah Palin’s devotional book: Sweet Freedom



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