If I look at myself, I am depressed.
If I look at those around me, I am often disappointed.
If I look at my circumstances, I am discouraged.
But if I look at Jesus, I am constantly, consistently, and eternally fulfilled.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
The New Living Translation
You remember that among the Franks whole armies were sometimes given baptism at one stroke and many warriors went into the water with their right hands held high, so that they did not get wet; then they could say, “This hand has never been baptized,” and they could swing their axes just as freely as ever. The modern counterpart of that partial baptism is seen in many people who have been baptized, all except their pocketbooks. They hold these high out of the water.
Halford E. Luccock
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