With Hope

Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, speaks of human survival through the unimaginable horror’s of Auschwitz in Nazi Germany. How does one persevere when all matters that surround them press for their utter demoralization and death? Hope. The forward to Frankl’s book, by Harold Kushner, reads in part as follows:

Several times in the course of the book, Frankl approvingly quotes the words of Nietzsche: “He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How.” Frankl describes poignantly those prisoners who gave up on life, who had lost all hope for a future and were inevitably the first to die. They died less from lack of food or medicine than from lack of hope, lack of something to live for. By contrast, Frankl kept himself alive by summoning up thoughts of…” (Frankl ix).
Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston, Beacon Press, 2006.

What thoughts could you summon up that would keep you alive and willing to press through any circumstances?

 “[L]et us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (World English Bible, Hebrews 12:1b-2).

What hope, joy, goal, or prize has the Father placed on your heart?
Beseech the Father for that vision today and hold it always in front of you, and press forward ever stronger through whatever life throws your way!

With hope,
Shalom.