Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Former vice presidential candidate and American hero Admiral Jim Stockdale was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He was brutally tortured for eight years. “I never doubted not only that I would get out,” he said, “but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”
When asked why he survived while others didn’t, he had a surprising answer. He said that others would pin their hopes on getting out by a certain date. “They were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”
Pelagius noted this back around 400 AD, when he said, “There is no worse death than the end of hope.”
No Christian should ever give up hope.
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Today, don’t fall for cultural pressure to be optimistic in a forced, obligatory way that is really more like a cliche. Instead, be realistic and prudent while trusting for the best.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.