Last Monday, in solemn celebration, we honored the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to defend our freedoms. Yes, freedom in this land of liberty is a precious gift. We are however in a sustained season of uncertainty and insecurity. Many have a slippery hold on hope. We frequently become grabby just holding on, fearing further falling, and seldom raise our heads in the rare air of fresh hope.
Research shows that folks when asked to recount events in our lives remember four negatives to each positive! We could succumb to the elephant syndrome. A baby elephant is brought into the circus and chained to a stake in the ground. The chain is strong and the elephant learns to only move the distance allowed by it.
Years pass… The chain is replaced by a weak rope that could easily break, but the now grown elephant does not try to pull it because its belief is that there is no escape. The flimsy mental rope has imprisoned its mind in a belief that there is no hope of escape.
The tragedy is that this elephant behavior is found in many human lives. A recent survey of those near death aggregate their major life regrets. Here are the top five:
- I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself.
- I wish I did not work so hard.
- I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish I had let myself be happier.
We are however captives of hope, with a firmness in the fact that while there is life, there’s hope!
I want you to imagine that someone reading this post maybe succumbing to one of these regrets. Focus on one despair trolls and use the comment section to share a word of hope to combat that despair. Like sharing a cup of water to a thirsty soul, sharing words of encouragement and hope can water a heart.
We whose faith is anchored in hope have the stuff to change a life.
By: Chris Daley