Despite your circumstances

Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. In World War Two he was in a concentration camp serving voluntarily as a doctor to his fellow prisoners.

Some men approached him because they thought they found a way to escape. They wanted to know if he wanted in on the plan.

He thought about it… but ended up saying ‘No.’

His reason was because he didn’t want to leave his people without medical care. He had a daily purpose which was more important than even escaping a hellish concentration camp.

It’s a story about being selfless. But it’s also about having a daily purpose even in difficult circumstances.

I realize that life can be tough. It’s hard to get motivated sometimes. Maybe you’re going through a rough patch or are dealing with the scars of the past.

But whoever you are, when you realize that God can use you to bless others and give him glory—no matter what your situation is—it motivates, challenges and energizes you for living a more purposeful life.

As it says in Romans 8:28, “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Parents, administrators, students, teachers, executives, janitors, consultants, labourers, and hairstylists, can live each day with meaningful purpose—in a way that blesses others and gives God glory.

Life isn’t just about what your circumstances are, but who you become despite your circumstances. 

By Matthew Ruttan

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