There are answers

All of us have problems, frustrations and anxieties. Some seem to have fewer while others are on overload much of the time. The long term effects of these are probably beyond our understanding. Counselors, pastors, therapists, chaplains and parents hear and observe many people with a variety of problems, and know the way each person carries their load of care differs from others.

An old friend of mine had an interesting observation on a common saying: "When someone says 'Cheer up; things could be worse,' just try it, and things will get worse!" We joke about such sayings, but the truth is attitude is very important. If we try to stay positive, look at the bright side and search for answers, we often find them. The same magnitude of a problem may be a stepping stone for one person and a mountain for the next. Pessimists and optimists don't see things the same way.

We probably all know people who are encouragers or discouragers. As a jail chaplain, I use Scripture verses that God has given us in His Word to encourage men and women. These are applicable for all of us. I try to give applications that have worked. He is our helper in all circumstances . He does love us. He is always available. The Psalms tell us often that He is our present helper in time of need. The writings of King David can be of great help.

Some people are looking for an easy way out. Some are just looking forward and expecting God's eternal punishment.

Yes, God does have the answers. Love on our part comes through loud and clear.

For the 2012 Club, May 20 takes us to I Chronicles 2 and John 7.

Have a good and positive two weeks.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.