Everyone is hopeless at times and I've had my fair share of hopeless feelings in my life. But, what is the source of hopelessness? And why is it so prevelant in our society today? And, even more important what is the cure?
I think the suicide of Robin Williams really hit the American psyche hard. Why is that? I mean he was just another celebrity. I think it's because he gave so much joy and seemed like he had it all that his death was particularly shocking. The thing is, his death should not be that shocking really. I mean does anyone truly believe that money and fame can cure hopelessness? Yes, unfortunately many people do believe that lie. But, you can have all the money and fame in the world and still be lonely. You can have all the money and fame in the world and still grow old. You can have all the money and fame and love and anything you can think of in this world and guess what?..you're still going to die. At best, money and fame and anything else will only temporarily ease your pain. At best, it wont last and that is if you can even achieve it!
No, money and fame does not cure hopelessness.
I think there are two reasons that people in our modern world feel so hopeless. One is because of the media. We are told constantly through advertising, TV and movies that we are not good enough. It's an incessant drum roll. No matter who you are or what you have we are told we are never good enough. We aren't beautiful enough, rich enough, popular enough and we never will be. It's a modern disease that takes the lives of people every single day.
The other is because we have been told that we have come from nothing and that we will live without any purpose and that when we die we will return to nothing. In other words, we have been told that there is no God. And this lie is at the very center of hopelessness. If we have come from nothing, are nothing (but chemicals put together by happenstance) and will return to nothing when we die, then there truly is no hope! If that is the case then if you are born in poverty, with disabilities, without love, well then, your only recourse is to strive for those things at any cost because all that matters is right now. Unfortunately, even if you are fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to achieve those goals you will soon find out that it's not enough, it's never enough. Because the answer is not there. The answer is in God and fortunately for us He is there!
We can overcome hopelessness through one very powerful word and that word is CHOICE.
Every single day we can choose to live in the world of not good enough or we can choose to be grateful for what we have. We can choose to believe lies that surround us either by the media or bullies or even members of our own family or we can choose to believe what God has said “that we are fearfully and wonderfully made”. We have the power to cure hopelessness right now. It's a wonderful thing really, to discover that there is a cure for hopelessness, that we don't have to go through life feeling depressed, lonely or suicidal. It's almost like the scene in the Wizard of OZ when the good witch Glenda tells Dorothy “you had the power to return home anytime just by clicking your ruby slippers and repeating there's no place like home”. We can turn things around for ourselves right now, this very moment by choosing to believe God, to be grateful for the things we have and to know that our future is exciting and wonderful in Him. We have the power because God has given us the power. All we have to do is to choose to believe Him. It's that simple.
As A Man Thinketh So Is He
The Bible says that “As a Man Thinketh So Is He”. We can choose to wallow in self pity, believing lies or we can submit ourselves to God and choose to believe God.
God says that we are worth loving, that we are made in His image. In fact, He thought we were so worthwhile that He sent his only Son to come and die a tortured death on a cross to save us for Himself. That's how valuable you are. Surely if God feels that we are that valuable, we are foolish to doubt Him.
You can change your life completely by just choosing to believe God. Choose life this very moment, walk with the Creator of the Universe and his son Jesus Christ and hopelessness will be a conquered foe.
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