by Randy Chambers, 2016-09-23
Romans 8:28, KJV: And we know that all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
In her 1913 book, “Pollyanna,” Eleanor Hodgman Porter tells the story of an
orphaned little girl whose tenacious attempts to find the good in all things,
often rubbed hard against the people she was near. While they would bemoan
the bad in life, she would respond with something good, then speak her familiar
mantra like phrase: “You can be glad about that,” she’d say. In time, the
hearts and lives of those close by were changed and given hope.
Sometimes it seems we forget the power in a positive word. Sometimes we
underestimate the hope we can stir in others simply by searching out for
ourselves the good that God can bring—and finding ways to pass it along.
Some think a Pollyanna faith is unrealistic, and only found in fiction.
But let’s not forget that in all things, bad or good, we have a very realistic
hope that God can and will work all things together for good. And we can
truly be glad about that.