One thing leads to another. After I posted about hearing Maria Von Trapp speak, then I remembered hearing Corrie ten Boom speak. Finally, I remembered briefly meeting Joni Eareckson Tada, so I decided to write about her on the 50th anniversary of her diving accident.
What came to my mind is how distinctly each of these wise women communicated a strong Biblical principle they chose as their personal bottom line.
Also amazing is how clearly I remember their bottom lines, a lesson to me in my own communicating. But, what is my bottom line, my take home message? Several Biblical principles quickly come to mind, yet if I had to choose the most important, what would it be?
Then I remembered a poignant book I read as a young girl. It was The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. In fact, I read it several times. Anne’s short but intense life was memorable because she wrote down her feelings as she described her difficult situation. She had been given an autograph book with a small lock on her 15th birthday, shortly before her family went into hiding. She used it as a diary which was discovered in the attic of the home where they had been hiding. It was given to her father, Otto Frank. His wife and two daughters died in Aushwitz concentration camp.
When Otto Frank read the diary his younger daughter kept and realized she wanted to be a journalist, he decided to get it published. Her writings have educated and inspired countless readers. From Anne we learn it is good to put our thoughts and ideas in writing. Anne kept her faith in God and believed most people were “good at heart.”
As I put in writing my strongest beliefs, I am centering on the love of God and the inner peace of trusting in His Son, Jesus, as my Lord and Savior. To clearly define my own bottom line, since the name of my blog is “Heresyourhope,” it is essential to begin with “hope.”
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.“ Hebrews 11:1
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone. My hope comes from Him.” Psalm 62:5