My Hope is Built

The Foundation of Christianity

A key element in how Christianity has survived the test of time and how those who follow Christ can withstand the challenges of the world is the foundation upon which Christianity is built. Instead of a mere philosophy, codified book of rules, lotus of common interests, transitory fad of popular culture, etc. that binds other social groupings together, Christianity is based upon the very real sacrifice of the very real Son of God.

What is There to Worry About?

Unpredictability

The world is an unpredictable place. The future many times comes with unexpected twists and turns. There are many factors which cause people to worry during their day to day lives. These factors include: economic concerns, health concerns, employment security, stresses within family and friends, and even the “unknown” itself. The sad truth is, however, that the vast majority of things which people worry about do not have any real or immediate effect upon our lives.

Unsure Ground

Shaken Confidence

Of all the various kinds of natural disasters which can befall man, few have the same terrifying psychological impact as an earthquake. While a hurricane can be incredibly destructive, the mind can connect the powerful wind with the great storm and modern science can warn those in the storm’s path. Floods can arise quickly and with little warning, but are still at least mentally connected with great rainfall. However, man is accustomed to trusting in terra firma to remain firm and steadfast. When the very ground betrays us and begins to shake, it can destroy not only our property but also our nerves.

The Bravery of Job

A Necessary Choice

When facing great times of crisis or trouble in life, the choice of many is to take the road of the coward. This road can manifest in different ways, such as: self-deprecation and self-blame, blaming others, or avoidance and escape. Each of these ways has one thing in common, a refusal to confront the problem directly. While this may not be possible in every instance, the question of “fight or flight” will separate the brave from the coward in any crisis.

When Everything Goes Wrong

Frustrating Times

There are some times in our lives when it seems that everything goes wrong at the same time. This can be quite frustrating, as one crisis can be dealt with, but multiple crises can make us feel overwhelmed. For example, when you need extra money to pay an unexpected bill, the car will not start. Or when your child needs something special for school, the roof starts to leak. In the world, this has come to be known as Murphy’s Law.