By David Coy
Some are saying that we are living in a frightening time. While we may describe much of what we have to endure as uncertain, we may apply what we do know to make our uncertainty less uncertain and less frightening. E.L. Godkin, once editor of the New York Evening Post, after the death of a young daughter, wrote, “I know that things happen for the best and that our lives are guided by a beneficent Hand. When my little darling left her father’s house for the last time Friday, I felt assured that somewhere, a wise and better Father awaited her, and that, in His care, she would one day become all – more than all – that I rashly and fondly hoped to see her in mine.” We have high expectations of what we plan and desire to accomplish in life, whether vocationally or personally. As we all know, life does not always turn out as planned. My day often looks completely different at the end than it did when it started.
One principle that will help to keep us in a positive mindset, even during the most uncertain, fearful, and darkest time, is assurance. The word assurance is defined as, “most certain confidence, full assurance, or conviction.” Without hope and assurance that there can be a better tomorrow in the horizon, we might slide into despair, and that is a place we do not want to allow ourselves to go. If we need help, seek it no matter what. Acknowledge that we need help if we can not maintain hope and confidence in our own mind by ourselves. We are not an island to ourselves, and we should not live as if we can do everything, or we can not accomplish keeping hope alive in our hearts. Although an assailant may overpower one person, two can withstand him. Moreover, a three-stranded cord is not quickly broken (Eccl 4:12).
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