I’ve been recently reading this book as of late called The Alchemist during my free time. I’m about half way through it. It’s about a shepherd adolescent who yearns to capture his own “personal legend” …his purpose. I’ll spare you the many details of this intriguing book, however I came across something I found simple but powerful. This very shepherd boy encounters a myriad of trials that test his faith and dreams. At this specific scene, a thief deceives the shepherd and steals all of his money. That money, besides the sheep, was all the shepherd boy had. Along with his money, the thief leaves the shepherd alone and in despair. He leaves him in a place he isn’t familiar with. A place with an unfamiliar language. A place far away from home. To his demise, the shepherd boy realizing his failure to discern who was true, grieves and wallows in self pity. However, when the sun arose the next morning, the shepherd boy’s thoughts had somehow wandered into the light. He realizes something, and quickly makes a decision.
As he mused about these things, he realized that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief or as an adventurer in quest of his treasure.
“I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure.” he said to himself.
The shepherd boy decides to choose contentment. He doesn’t fail to keep trying.
There are always two or more ways to perceive a situation. He just chose the better way to look at his own predicament. He quickly grasps onto faith. And gets back up again…to live.
Just like us, and the world today, countless people give up without even noticing it. They deceive themselves into thinking that they’re the victim or that because of their problems, settling for less can be inevitable. Which leaves them no choice but to live a mediocre life not realizing their full potential to become who they were made to be. All because they lost hope. They lost faith.
You can be your biggest enemy.
Hebrews 6:19 says :
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Hope is the base of a lot of things. It strengthens our faith. It feeds our perception. And it builds our contentment throughout any circumstance. Hope is our anchor.
Don’t forget that. I tend to push hope aside. We all do.
So first things first. Never stop trying. If there is a block or an imaginary big wall, try something else. You my friend are never actually trapped. We are able to live radically. We are able to live.
Just grab onto hope and have a little faith.