Hi, I am Michael Sottile, and I have something wonderful to tell you. Have struggles? Yes, everyone has them. And I have had them, too. But in the midst of these difficult times in my life, I have found comfort in knowing that God is in control.
You see, during my life time I have had several illnesses: a bad heart that required a new one; the diagnosis of cancer where I needed chemotherapy for fourteen months; two strokes, one that caused my face to drop and the second that left me with a limp; and lastly, a blood disease that opened the door to heaven.
I consider it a blessing to have had all four illnesses. Why? Because it has enabled me to relate to others in need on four levels, instead of just one. Now I know the purpose of my life. And it gives me great joy to tell you that there can be peace in the midst of your suffering.
2 Corinthians 4:8-18 says:
We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are always given over to death because of Jesus, so that Jesus’ life may also be revealed in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith in accordance with what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, and therefore speak, knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and present us with you. For all this is because of you, so that grace, extended through more and more people, may cause thanksgiving to overflow to God’s glory. Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction [a] is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
So when life brings you struggles – and it will – know that there is hope found within the pages of the Here’s Hope New Testament.