By Ron Adams
Every time a catastrophic storm hits, once again we are reminded that we have no control over the weather. Experts can forecast, inhabitants can be warned, and people can prepare, but no one can stop or control a storm. Our power to control external forces is practically non existent. This includes the actions of others. We have no control over what others think and do. However, we have complete control over how we think, act, and react.
The Apostles, after being beaten for speaking in the name of Jesus, “... went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” (Acts 5:41-42)
Paul and Silas were in chains in the inner prison in Philippi with their feet fastened in stocks, “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God.” (Acts 16:25). They were confined, but in heart, mind, and conscience they were free.
Remember, we will be judged, not by what others do to us, but by what we do. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).