“Yet All This Does Not Satisfy Me”

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Phil 4:8).

Dr. Victor Frankly survived the concentration camps of W.W.II. He lost his family, his cherished freedom, his possessions, even his watch and wedding ring. They had shaved his head, and stripped his clothing off his body. There he stood before the German high command, under the glaring lights being interrogated and falsely accused. He was destitute, a helpless pawn in the hands of brutal, prejudiced, sadistic men. He had nothing. No, that isn’t true. He suddenly realized there was one thing no one could ever take away from him – just one. Do you know what it was?

Dr. Frank l realized he still had the power to choose his own attitude. No matter what anyone would ever do to him, regardless of what the future held for him, the choice of attitude was his to make. Bitterness or forgiveness; to give up or to go on; hatred or hope; determination to endure or the defeat of self-pity.

Haman was the Prime Minister of Persia, second only to the King. People were commanded to honor him, and do homage to him. But one man, Mordecai, a Jew, refused to bow down to this man because of his principles. Haman couldn’t handle anyone who did not pay him homage.

Haman seemed to have everything. He was one of the wealthiest men in Persia, he was selected to be second in authority to the king, people honored him. “Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had promoted him above the princes and servants of the king.

Haman also said, ‘Even Esther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquet which she had prepared; and tomorrow also I am invited by her with the king. Yet all of this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate'” (Est 5:11-13).

Haman’s pride was his downfall. He allowed the actions of one insignificant Jew destroy his happiness, and led to a vengeance that threatened all the Jews in the kingdom, and ultimately caused his own downfall and death. Attitude is a choice. If we allow things to draw our thoughts away from all God’s blessings, and the opportunity to serve Him in hard as well as in good times, we must think we are the center of the universe. Neither Haman nor I should allow pride to ruin a positive attitude.

We choose what we think, and what we think determines what we do, and what we do may well determine our destiny. Choose your attitude well.

Hymn: “Purer In Heart”

Dear Father, open my eyes so I can see the attitude I have chosen. Help me to see what I’ve traded for any evil thoughts.

In His precious name, Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA