“Fix your thoughts on Jesus.” Over the past year and a half I’ve had friends and family suffer great adversity and loss due to the Pandemic…and it’s been during those times of anguish and distress that fixing our thoughts on Jesus has became real. C.S. Lewis put it this way, “God, Who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” Probably one of the best examples of this is Job, who the devil was convinced would curse God when afflicted…but he didn’t…instead, Job focused on God, and not the chaos around him. Yes, it will be difficult, you may falter a thousand times, and the pain may be overwhelming…but God is there to encourage you every minute of the journey. Or as Paul exhorted the young Timothy who had found himself under duress, “Fight the good fight of faith. And take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” (I Timothy 6:12) Just remember, the difference between whether you can withstand hardship or not is based on the foundational truths within you…for they are the bedrock of your faith.