Hope deferred makes the heart sick
Despair and Affliction —Depression, Anxiety, Burnout and actual physical sickness.
I suspect many are feeling Heart Sick right now — I know I’ve had many dark moments this year
The hope of things getting better as restrictions ease — Blurred by increasing sickness numbers
The hope that life is on the mend — somehow returning to a semblance of normal — Still distant
The hope of joining Family – Friends – Loved Ones for Christmas — Dashed
A longing fulfilled is a tree of life
It is this longing, this desire that we need to hold onto — Not let it be crushed by current events
Why? Why hold on so tight to this longing — Because the alternative is not an option
“Woe to him who saw no more sense in his life, no purpose and therefore no point in carrying on”
Wrote Victor Frankl
We need to carry on!
So hard as it is — We hold firm to hope — Whatever that is for each one of us
How do we find such Hope
How do we Discover a purpose that sets us on track even in turbulent times
We go beyond purpose — To the Higher Authority — HE has given us the desires of our heart
We just need to identify them — Beyond Purpose — Beyond Why — Lies the answer
Even as we struggle with daily events we can choose to control what we can control
Our mind — Our Direction — Our Flow
Sure it may have changed radically since last week but we can make something out of it
We can Change — Pivot — Imagine — Dream — Plan — Do
We can Hope and believe that when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
There are three elements that lie beyond Purpose
Three elements that when understood shape Purpose
Three elements that fuel hope and expectation for the future
Better to take our minds there and ask as Admiral Chester Nimitz did
“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.”
So as we go into Christmas our hope firmly fixed on the LORD — The tree of life
As we celebrate His birth and all that He means to us
Let us hold onto the dream we have been given and despite the circumstances
Know that we are right — That we are coming through — we are overcoming
And good will prevail.