How do we stay upbeat in a downbeat world? How do we keep our joy? Joy comes from within and is not determined by the outside world.
Stephen Clyborne notes: "There are times when it seems that God is doing less than we had hoped, but God is always doing more than we know." In Mark 4, Jesus says, "how shall I describe the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed on the ground; he goes to bed at night and gets up in the morning, and meanwhile the seed sprouts and grows -- how he does not know. The ground produces a crop by itself, first the blade, then the ear; but as soon as the crop is right, he starts reaping, because harvest time has come."
We need to do what we're called to do and leave the rest up to God. Trinity Church is not our church -- it's God's church. We need to let God be God. Only with eyes of faith can we see God's kingdom. In Psalm 29:10 we are told: "The Lord sits enthroned as king forever." And in Revelation 11:15, we read the proclamation: "Sovereignty over the world has passed to our Lord and his Christ, and he shall reign forever." And we shall reap all to the glory of God.