One of my favorite young authors is Mark Batterson. I've read nearly all of his books. In In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day he writes about a holocaust survivor named Viktor Frankl who shared about his personal encounter in the Nazi death camps in his memoir Man's Search for Meaning:
"Everything was taken away from the Jewish prisoners. They were stripped of their clothing, their pictures, and their personal belongings. The Nazi captors even took away their names and gave them numbers. Frankl was number 119,104. But Frankl said there was one thing the Nazi's couldn't take away, he said: "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances." Our internal attitudes are far more important than our external circumstances."
There are many things in life that we cannot change. But may we take this beautiful liberty to see our world and our cities with God's attitude and never let go of our hope that Christ will transform this generation. If Viktor Frankl could stay positive in a Nazi death camp, you and I can stay positive in the face of a culture sometimes raging against the ways of God.
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2, NIV).
And as we go forth sharing the truth and love of God in Christ, may we choose in our attitudes to press on no matter the circumstances.
Desiring the mind of Christ (and Viktor Frankl).