When the astronaut came to grips with feeling alone in space, he says that he became aware that alone or not, his assignment remained. If those 117 screws were going to be removed, the app replaced, he was going to have to do it. Alone or not, temporarily stymied, replacing the sensor was up to him.
It is up to you.
The following words are among the most important that I have ever read or heard:
“The wound is too well aimed and far too consistent to be accidental. It was/is an attempt to take you out; to cripple or destroy your strength and get you out of action. Do you know why there’s been such an assault? The Enemy fears you. You are dangerous big-time. If you ever got your heart back, live from it with courage, you would be a huge problem to him. You would do a lot of damage…on the side of good.
“…if you want your heart back, if you want the wound healed and your strength restored and to find your true name, you’re going to have to fight for it.” (pages 88-89 Wild at Heart. John Eldredge, Thomas Nelson, 2001)
It’s up to you—no one is going to do it for you. You’re going to have to fight for it.
In my book HopePushers—in possession with intent to deliver, there is a chapter: “In off the ledge.” What feels like the loss of hope may be instead one of several assaults like temptation or a test or strengthening. Why surrender hope when what is in the wind is the call to refute a specific temptation?
Dr. Ben Carson tells of a journeybend in his life: “Because of the reading I began to see that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you.”
In an interview with Michael Hyatt, Dr. Carson said, “You can do anything you want to do. Don’t just sit there and bemoan the fact that things aren’t going well…just use that circumstance to get where you want to go.”
It’s up to you. It is uncomfortable outside the safety of the spacecraft, but if “it” is going to get done…it is up to you.
Where do you want to go? Hope begins with determining what you want and where you want to go. Write it down. Be very specific. Hope then builds the infrastructure to get you there. Your brain will work as a servomechanism once it understands the assignment.
What do you want? Where do you want to go that you are willing to give your energy to?
It’s up to you.
©2015 D. Dean Benton Writer, Wonderer.