I am grateful that Jesus offered us this promise: “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). It only takes about 5 minutes watching the news or surfing the internet to understand that we are living in crazy times. The veneer of civilization just might tumble down right before our eyes any day now. But despite all that, we truly can “be of good cheer” because we know Who has overcome the world. In case you’re not sure, skip ahead to the last chapter of the story (in the Bible, I mean, not a Tom Clancy novel). In the end, the good guys win!! Things might get really awful for a while, but He is in charge. Take heart, be of good cheer, life is good.