This world will just suck all the life out of a person's faith if you spend too long absorbed in it, ya know? It will overwhelm you with thoughts of how you "should" look on the outside instead of telling you that a godly character is more beautiful than all the botox in the world. It will remind you over and over that you probably don't have enough money saved up for your retirement years instead of the fact that we serve a God who owns everything we see and is willing and more than able to take care of His sons and daughters. It will tell you to think of yourself, to have self-esteem, to do something for yourself "for a change," instead of telling us that focusing on our Savior and on serving others will bring us more peace and joy than running around like a dog chasing after our own tails. The world is loud and confusing and sad and pessimistic.
But there are other, far better voices to listen to. Over the years, those of long past and in the present, God has given us godly men and women who have endured fiery trials as they served Him in the world and have come through as gold with wisdom to share.
It is those people I am thankful for today. I'm so thankful to be able to read their stories about how God brought them through their hard times and know that I can make it, too. They give peace and hope and encouragement. Through their stories they hold my hand and take me through another day.
Blessings to you,