Thought for the Day – L. Tomlin on Calamity

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.”– Lily Tomlin

Now there’s an encouraging thought to start your day! It’s similar to the oxymoronic despair.com poster that proclaims, “It’s always darkest just before it goes pitch black.” Our culture seems to be fond of these dark sayings and even has a spokesman. Murphy’s Law, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” (and the British variant, Sod’s Law) has derivatives in nearly every human endeavor from toddlers to technology and love to lotteries. (Read some of them here). While they make for clever and even humorous sayings, I’ve found myself susceptible to their influence, especially when things go well. Somehow, lurking in the back of my mind, I’m wondering when the other “shoe will drop.” Do you recognize that saying too? I admit, I’ve allowed this kind of cultural fatalism to creep into my thinking. It’s time to start saying goodbye to these negative assumptions for in all things, good is at hand. (Rom 8:28).

Your thoughts? In what ways have you seen Murphy affecting your thinking?

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