The last human freedom

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By Dave Henning / March 30, 2012

Victor Frankl was a Viennese psychiatrist who survived two Nazi concentration camps.  He talked about the men who showed compassion to others and would share their last bit of food (cited by John Ortberg in If You Want to Walk on Water . . . ): ” . . . they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.  The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering that it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, give him ample opportunity- even in the most difficult circumstances- to add a deeper meaning to his life.”

Even though mountaintop experiences like those of Moses and Elijah are quite dramatic, sometimes God comes to us when we are at our lowest point, vulnerable and fearful.  During those times the words of Genesis 39:21 bring great comfort: “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love.”

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