Far too often, Christians are like the man who met an old friend and asked, “How’s everything with you?” The other man said, “Terrible. You know my wife just died.” The first man said, “Well, it could have been worse.”

The other man said, “Not only that, but my son has been sent to jail.” The reply again was, “It could have been worse.”

“Well,” he said, “not only that, but I’ve just come from the doctor’s office, and he says I have an incurable disease. “Again,” the man said, “it could be worse.”
By that time he’d had it. He said, “How in the world could it be any worse?” The other fellow said, “Well, it could have happened to me.”

We cannot be that indifferent. The Spirit of Christ demands that we genuinely feel the hurts of our brothers and sisters and work to alleviate them.

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About The Author

A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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