99 years probation

A man from the rehab I work at came back from a court hearing today with some news… He got 5 years probation. At first I wondered why he was so excited. FIVE YEARS! That just seemed like such a long time for probation.
Then he informed me that he was looking at 99 YEARS in prison. All the sudden, my perspective changed and I began to celebrate the mercy and grace of God!
Sometimes life can seem rough, but stop to realize that the sentence we were looking at was worst than 99 years… we were looking at the death penalty. We had the sentence of death in us. All the sudden this life becomes more precious because we’ve been shown more mercy and grace than we can comprehend.
2 Corinthians 1:9-10
Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us,