Sunrise: Wisdom from others
By David Coy
Realizing we are not alone someone has well said that whatever in this world we are struggling with someone has been there, someone has experienced it before us. Solomon said it best long ago, “That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Peter Kreeft, in his book, Making Sense Of Human Suffering, said, “you neighbor, your best friend, your doctor, your auto mechanic, all have hidden hurts that you don’t know about, just as you have some that they don’t know about.”
When we are in our acute period of suffering, we often think our world has come to an end, we cannot endure this hardship. Someone has well said attitude determines altitude in life. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, said, “…Everything can be taken from man but one thing: the loss of the human freedoms -- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…” Very well said, yet again scripture says it best,”Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content” (Philippians 4:11). Also “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever thing are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (4:8). Then there are the beatitudes, or as I like to call them the attitudes to be, in Matthew 5:ff3-12 and Luke 6:20-23. Notice verses 4 and 10 -11.
We are to rejoice and be glad, (verse 12) literally leap for joy! Don’t feel like it? Yes I have not either, yet when we understand that suffering is our lot in life as a human being, knowing others have experienced the same before us, and if they have endured we can also. What shall we do depends largely upon our attitude, how high will we attain in our restoration/renewal. This is Sunrise.