1. How does one best handle the ongoing uncertainties of life?
- We cannot allow ourselves to become stagnant – we must keep moving forward
- We need to work with what is workable and recognize what is not
- We need to create an open-ended plan for ourselves
- And, follow our plan but be flexible if changes need to be made and directions changed
- We must be open to self-discovery if required and not let ourselves become enraptured in our own victimhood
- We must address the stress that accompanies uncertainty in context of our misfortunes and recognize that it is experienced by everyone close to us so that we perceive our problems as less personal
- We must look for the silver lining and always remain optimistic so that we are always aware of options that rise up from the ashes of adversity
- We should not hesitate to reach out to others if we need to do so, if we are rejected, we should give ourselves permission to keep connecting with other people until we can find empathizers (not sympathizers) that will relate to our circumstances and that can share our lives lessons with
- We need to look into as many resources as we can (they are a great form of capital to work with)
More on this topic: http://www.lmars.com/strategies_for_success.htm
2. What is prayer? And, what can it provide for us in horrific times of crisis?
“Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But it doesn’t pull God down to us: it pulls us up to him.”
Billy Graham, Evangelist
Rev. Graham’s Sermons –
“Prayer should be the key to the day and the lock of the night.”
Lyell Rader, Christian Author
“But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” [Job 5:8-9]
A look at the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Prayer – by Mark Galli and James S. Bell Junior
3. Why must we not allow ourselves to become resentful or bitter with others even if they are partially responsible for our stormy situations in our lives?
It is very difficult to drive out resentment and bitterness once we allow them to be implanted into our hearts. The best way to counteract these negative emotions is to pray for those who we are angry with or for those who discriminate against us.
4. What resources can we instantly turn to when people we know and trust or strangers we encounter try, or actually do succeed at hurting us?
Some of the best sermons related to bitterness I have ever found are on a site I am posting here: http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/b/bitterness.htm these short stories describe how God intervenes and erases all traces of harbored animosity no matter how hideous the heartless crimes committed, or, the pitilessness of the perpetrators who cause the hurt.
5. What overall, should we always be aware of if we want to sustain our faith on a day-to-day basis?
It is important that we work at controlling our thoughts. We literally are what we think. We know far more about temptations than the devil wants us to know – the moral dilemma we need to know today. As writer C.S. Lewis states: “We have to sneak past the watchful dragons of consciousness”
Video – taking us from behind the scenes production of conversations theoretically from hell.
Theme from Screwtape Letters: Behind the Scenes of the Production –
A series of letters from an elderly uncle and very experienced senior demon who is sending his young nephew out to start addressing human beings (patients) and dragging them out to the lower regions of hell. The author, C.S. Lewis is able to explain how we are dubbed into falling into patterns that come between us and our spirituality and to sin.
Chapter – 1 Scene from the Motion Picture
Interesting Commentary – on the film clip
From Theism to Christianity – a YouTube clip about C.S Lewis’s Conversion