"We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything."
These verses from today's passage of 2 Corinthians is one of my favorites. Paul is really making a huge statement - that though ALL things - good or bad - we have everything because we have Christ in our hearts and in our lives... in all things. Statements really put life in perspective - that whatever we might be enduring, we have all we need to get through it. We have Jesus and He is everything. We do not have promises of an easy life. In fact we are told that life is, in fact, difficult. What we do have is promise of a Comforter, one who will care for us and be with us regardless of what we endure and He is EVERYTHING we need.