Do you feel alone and afraid? Are you carrying a heavy load? Are you suffering and weary for answers?
I want to assure you that, if you reach in earnest, you would grasp the crucial answers. You would also find the treasure-trove of heavenly hope that brings unspeakable joy.
It is disconcerting to consider how colossal suffering can quickly bring any of us to our knees; life can indiscriminately prove our fragility in an instant. But there is a way to prepare for and to cope with tribulation.
For more than fifty years, I have faced varying degrees of challenges and hardships; my birth defect has certainly been a factor. Yet, through my trials, I made a discovery that has proven itself to be effective and essential for my survival.
I found that, as I fashion myself with thoughts and behaviors that reflect those of upright individuals, I strengthen my heart against the menacing forces and the influences that would corrupt me in – what I refer to as – “Personal Apocalypse.”
My discovery did not come easy. My circumstances and state of mind over 25 years ago made this difficult and slow-going to put into practice; I am still growing. But I have known and was inspired by people who rejoiced in their sufferings. Once I aspired to live according to their “upright” examples, I began to see the hope that they could see; their way leads to hope for everyone, even for someone like me.
“…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – See Romans 5:3-6 (ESV)
Therefore, I try to be that person who diligently seeks wisdom, stands for truth, and lives to do what is right. During trials, that person’s traits are most desirable; he is hopeful and loving in patience and humility. He has a healthy perspective from where he faces every tomorrow.
Should his entire world be decimated and fall into ruin, he might weep over lost comforts; he is still only human. However, his tears would ultimately wash away the ashes of devastation; he would not grieve beyond the night. By the morning sun, the fortress of his impenetrable character would be revealed and would shine for all to see. Therein lies his source of strength in a sustenance of hope that replenishes peace and contentment.
Instead of putting hope at risk in life’s wasteland, cradle it in the one location that is securable against harm from neighboring madness; your heart should be this refuge where peace can flourish amidst an ever-renewing crop of hope.
Until darkness comes, venture beyond the walls toward every horizon. Live a full life, and explore different paths in search of joy.
Every road has its challenges, but you would be strengthened in your faithful endeavor to overcome life’s obstacles. Toil against the large rocks of adversity that block your way; move them, even ever so slightly, to uncover seeds for hope.
My book, The Hope in Personal Apocalypse, is a guide in planting for a new harvest – a supply to sustain a strong foundation for hope in your life. Learn more about my book at http://JeffUlrichLegacies.com.
My Prayer: Based On “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” by Edward Mote (1834)
Heavenly Father, my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and His righteousness. I trust no other foundation. I wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.
When I cannot see my Savior in the darkness, I rest on His unchanging Grace; and my anchor holds in every storm.
Oh, God, when the angels trumpet at Christ’s return, I long to be standing faultless before Your throne – dressed in Your Son’s righteousness.
Thank You for supporting me with the promise, covenant, and blood of Jesus. When my soul gives way to the overwhelming flood around me, Jesus is my hope and protection.
Lord, I praise You for Your love and mercy. Amen.
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My purpose for this blog, my first book, and all else is purely for the means to further share the hope of my life that, in faith, has sustained me. My utmost desire is to do the good works that God would have us all do to lift one another up.