DayBreaks for 3/29/17: How We View the World
What is your general attitude toward the world you live in, towards life? Do you generally see life as a trudge through the mud, or as an exciting and fulfilling adventure? I know that there are days when we are overwhelmed one way or another, but as a general rule, how do you see the world and your life in it?
You might not think that how you generally feel about the world is all that important. After all, who does it affect but you, right? Wrong. I think that the way Christians (and others) feel about the world around us and our role in it makes a huge difference. I was recently re-reading Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, and he described one event that occurred one dark, cold night in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Frankl wrote: I shall never forget how I was roused one night by the groans of a fellow prisoner, who threw himself about in his sleep, obviously having a horrible nightmare. Since I had always been especially sorry for people who suffered from fearful dreams or deliria, I wanted to wake the poor man. Suddenly I drew back the hand which was ready to shake him, frightened at the thing I was about to do. At that moment I became intensely conscious of the fact that no dream, no matter how horrible, could be as bad as the reality of the camp which surrounded us, and to which I was about to recall him.
I dare say that none of us have ever been in a situation as horrifying as Frankl. He found himself in a horrible dilemma: do I compassionately awaken the man who was having such frightening nightmares, or would the reality of the world of the prison camp be even worse than the imagined world taking place in the mind of the dreamer? What would I have done? I don’t honestly know. But I know this: my world is nowhere as terrifying as a concentration camp. My life and world is really, all things considered, very pleasant and tolerable. Even beautiful.
But here’s my point for today: if I view my world as being a horrible thing, chances are that I won’t do anything to “wake people up” who may be sleeping their way through life. But if I can learn to see the beauty of the life that God has given me, the beauty of God through His creation, I will be more likely to do what I can to help people who are sleeping to wake up and see the beauty of the life lived with the Lord.
The Presence of the Lord can turn the desert into a well-watered land. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.
PRAYER: Father, help us to see the truth about our lives. We have hard times, but help us not to turn them into high drama that isn’t warranted. May we see and experience the beauty of life lived in fellowship with You, and may we have the wisdom and courage to awaken the sleeper and help them see the glory of the Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.