August 5, 2020

If there was ever a month I didn’t like, it’s August.

When I was a boy, August meant summer was almost over and school was about to start. 

As a teenager, August meant two weeks of brutal two a day football practices. 

As an adult, August means 100 degree heat that a delicate sissy like me doesn’t like.

The bottom line is, I have never liked August.

The good news is Augusts always end in something better.  September is a great month.

There are a lot of Augusts in life.  These are the necessary experiences we must endure to get to a better place. The good news is no matter what Augusts we face, ultimately, they end. 

This is something we need to hear as the coronavirus ravages our country, destroys lives, and cripples our economy.  It will end and we will recover.

This is something we need to hear as we go through the necessary  upheaval of finally dealing with the racial inequality that has systematically suppressed minorities.  This will end and our nation will be better for it.

This is something we need to hear as some unscrupulous men of power have used their elevated positions to prey on women.  This will end with men and women being treated as equals for the very first time. 

Nobody likes the August moments of life but they are a necessity.  The good news is they don’t last forever.  Augusts always lead to something better.  This is why the wisest of all people said:  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

So know August will end.  September is right around the corner.  That’s a good thing.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please walk with me through the trials of life.  Use these moments of stress and strife to mold me into the person you created me to be.  Give me faith, patience, and peace in the midst of the storm.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Did I tell you I don’t like August?  The good news is September is almost here.  That’s when I celebrate my birthday.  It’s a great month.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins