January 23, 2020 – Rise above your circumstances

“Only Jesus Christ is uniquely qualified to provide that hope, that confidence, and that strength we need to overcome the world and rise above our human failings. To do so, we must place our faith in Him and live by His laws and teachings.”

  1. President Ezra Taft Benson, “Jesus Christ: Our Savior and Redeemer”, Ensign, June 1990

Life can be stressful. Life can be hard. Life can be downright miserable at times. As I was reading (well listening to) Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl, a story about Dr. Frankl being imprisoned in Auschwitz, a WWII concentration camp. He told about how we, as humans, can rise above our circumstances, whatever they are (and surely we aren’t suffering as bad as the jews in concentration camps). Dr. Frankl lost his wife, mother, father, and everyone in his family except his sister in that camp. And he still determined to not let his sanity, his peace, his hope, get destroyed by the nazis. He later became a psychiatrist and he said that “those that have a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how'”.

He also says that we must believe in something higher than us in order to survive our ‘how’. Jesus Christ is that ‘how’. Only He knows what we are going through. Only He knows how to help and comfort us. Only He has overcome the world and everything possible that could happen to us. He has been through it. He knows what it’s like to cry, to be angry and disappointed, to hurt, to stress, to be overwhelmed, to be in pain, to feel sickness and disease, and every other human emotion.

I don’t normally talk about myself, but I will say one thing. I don’t say it for pity or to feel sorry for myself. I only say it to prove a point. Nobody on this earth knows my challenges with this disease, not even other MS sufferers. Others can only sympathize. Christ is the only one who knows exactly what I am going through. He can empathize. Just like me, He knows also exactly what you are going through. He will not force His way into our lives. We must invite Him. As President Benson said, “To do so, we must place our faith in Him and live by His laws and teachings.”

He is waiting for the chance to help. He is knocking. Invite Him in.


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