by Marvin D. Patterson

How To Be At Peace Under Pressure
Marvin Patterson
Philippians 4:4-19

One day a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven. There he meets the Lord Himself. The Lord says to the cat, ''You lived a good life and if there is any way I can make your stay in Heaven more comfortable, please let Me know.'' The cat thinks for a moment and says, ''Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor.'' The Lord stops the cat and says, ''Say no more,'' and a wonderful fluffy pillow appears.

A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident and go to heaven. Again, there is the Lord there to great them with the same offer. The mice answer, ''All of our lives we have been chased. We have had to run from cats, dogs and even women with brooms. Running, running, running; we're tired of running. Do you think we could have roller skates so we don't have to run anymore?'' The Lord says, ''Say no more,'' and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates.

About a week later the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds him snoozing on the pillow. The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him, ''How are things since you got here?''

The cat stretches and yawns and replies, ''It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those 'Meals On Wheels' you've been sending by are the best!''

How can you be at peace when you are in the pressure cooker of life?


1- Stay cheerful in the Lord

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Paul is writing this passage from a Roman prison. His only crime is that of preaching the gospel, starting churches, and winning souls to the Lord. And yet he was arrested and will eventually have his head cut off by the Roman Emperor named Nero. But Paul writes that you all are walking around in the sunlight. You are not confined to a jail cell. You can go where you want to go, and do what you want to do, so just rare back and have ...

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