by Curt Dodd

John 12:23
Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be

The last week of Jesus' life was filled with so many things.
John 12 reveals and records this last week for us. As we look
at His life and what He walked through, and then look at our
life, sometimes the two do not run parallel enough. We have a
tendency to believe that no one walks through difficulties as
terrible as our own. We sometimes look at other people and
visualize that they were all born with golden spoons in their
mouths as compared to the lead-poisoned fork that has been given
to us. The "Poor Me" Syndrome is not to be seen in the life of
the mature believer. Our, "thorns in the flesh" rather are to
be seen as opportunities to experience God's grace, His power,
His sufficiency in our life. The example of Jesus provides us
several wonderful principles to live victoriously through the
losses that occur in our own lives.

Have you ever had a great loss in your life? Have you ever lost
a father? Have you ever lost an entire family? Like a young
man did from a drunk driver careening on the streets of New York
this last week. Have you ever lost a wife? A son? A daughter?
A mother? Have you ever lost physical ability? Have you ever
had to deal with the loss of your health for a prolonged period
of time? Even one to affect you for the rest of your life?
Have you ever lost a job? How about a marriage?

The well-known columnists, Dear Abby, received a letter not long
ago with this disclosure and request: "I'm single, I'm forty
years old and I'd like to meet a man about the same age who has
no bad hab ...

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