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I had originally planned to focus on a different topic since we talked about “quitting” last week. (If you missed it, you can find that post here: Encouragement for When You Just Want to Quit.) However, sometimes news articles get me thinking, and I was reminded recently of Robin Williams’s surprising suicide. Like many, you may have wondered, where is the hope in a situation like that?
I’m not one who keeps up with all the latest news about movie stars. In fact, to be painfully honest, most of the time I can’t remember their names. I know even less about the world in which they live.
Perhaps you were as shocked and saddened as I was that Monday when Robin Williams’s name hit every news outlet. For me, he was different. I knew his name because he was good at what he did. He could make me laugh, and he could make me cry. (That’s not to say that others don’t, or aren’t good. He was just one of those actors I liked.)
I know some people enjoy all the details and gossip that surround the famous. I’m sure, however, that I’m not the only one who doesn’t keep up with it all.
Today, once again, I find myself wondering about the real Robin Williams. Who was he, and what was his life like? And how did he get to such a point of despair? He seemed to be successful in life, at least according to our culture’s terms.
Yet these musings lead to deeper and more significant questions: What do I truly believe defines success? By what standard am I measuring my life? What compels me to press forward in hope, or to give up in despair?
Where is the hope?
Proverbs 3:5-6 is a frequently memorized scripture, and for good reason.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
When we trust the Lord and not our own understanding of a given situation, we rely on His omniscient view rather than our own limited one. When we seek to follow Him, we can walk in hope and confidence, knowing that He is guiding our steps.
That doesn’t guarantee discouragement and despair will stay away. The devil is always looking for ways to tear us down, and discouraging us seems to be one of his favorite things to do. We will still have times of emotional struggle. But if we continually look to Him – in all our ways acknowledge Him – then He will make our paths straight. His Word says so.
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I only wish someone could have shared that hope with Robin Williams sooner.
Take a moment to share a word of hope with someone who needs it today.