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Ranking things and making lists seem to be all the rage these days.

Terry Lee Ming, 66, died on June 7, 2019, in Bellingham, Washington. He was born on Oct. 30, 1952, in Pittsburg, California.
Randy Jason Sullivan, 46, died May 13, 2019, in a mid-air collision near Ketchikan. He was born on Feb. 1, 1973, in Anchorage.
Garold E. Charles, 67, died March 29, 2019, in Saxman. He was born Dec. 19, 1951, in Craig.
Perspectives: Embrace the good in life


It's alright for your life to be good.

Life isn't bad all the time. My life is pretty good. I have a wonderful job serving the community through Love In Action. I have a great church family who are every day striving to be better Christians. I have a very supportive group of women friends. And best of all I have a loving and kind husband.

Christ died so that I could have life full and abundant. And so like the Psalmist said in 13:6, “I will sing the Lord's praise, for he has been good to me.” The Psalms also say in 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Because he is there for me my life is good.

It is not always good, days come along when work is challenging, my husband isn't doing what I think he should and life seems very hard. But even through those situations I will praise the Lord for He is there for me at all times.

I know that for many life doesn't seem to be good, maybe they or someone they love is sick or hurting. Finances may not be steady or enough. Friends and family may not be supportive or faithful. Life is everyday a challenge, the question becomes, “how are you going to respond to it?”

We can choose to let it pull us down. Be angry, hurt and beaten down or we can believe that we are never alone. And because we are never alone we can overcome anything life throws our way.

God wants us to have a life full of his spirit, full of his presence, but it doesn't mean that it won't be challenging just that He will be there with us. Guiding, leading, encouraging us through the difficult times. So that we can praise him and thank him for his loving grace to help us to persevere through the bad times and come out saying, “I will praise the Lord because he is good to me!”

Praise the Lord! When we do this it opens up doors of his goodness and grace in our lives. We welcome him in and count on him to always be there even when things are bleak and hopeless. Above all things He brings hope into our lives. Hope that good is around the corner.

I pray that you are able to say, “Praise the Lord” no matter what life is dealing out to you today. That you can see his presence in your everyday life. And that you are able to accept that it is alright to be good! When others around you are facing difficult situations and your life is good, then it is your duty to share your goodness, encourage others, help others to see God's grace.

God's grace through salvation brings us into direct relationship with him. It brings that goodness overflowing. We just need to step into it by praising and acknowledging his presence.

I pray that the Lord's goodness showers over you.

Lisa Scarborough is executive director of Love In Action, Ketchikan.