Viktor Frankl was a prisoner of war during WW2. He said a lot of insightful things, and here is one: 

There were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity.”

Frankl recognized the importance of our power to choose. More specifically, he understood how free we are to choose our own attitudes about our lives.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Who knows how different 2021 will look from 2020. Will more freedoms we were used to be taken away? Or try to be taken?

I admire Frankl. In the most difficult of human circumstances, he was still a learner, and what he learned saved and changed his life while a prisoner. What he learned, he passed on in a variety of ways, and this changed many lives after the war.

As we fight the good fight of faith in 2021, let us use our thoughts, imagination, and voice to save, change and free our lives and others.

One of our team members in Germany recently wrote me about something I had said. She said to me “You once said that in prayer, when it comes to Finances, you would stretch out your voice as far as possible”.

Just as we are free to choose our thoughts and attitudes, we are free to use our voice

Just as we are free to choose our thoughts and attitudes, we are free to use our voice.

No matter how our voice may try to be regulated by social media or a government, neither can stifle our voice in prayer. For all believers our voice can carry authority based on His Word and who we are in Christ. It is part of what separates us from just living in the system of this world. This authority actually carries responsibility. It isn’t just the freedom to use our voice but the responsibility to use our voice.

Whether it is finances or health for you or others, let us extend our reach this year with our voice, by bringing our words into agreement with Gods Word. In prayer and in everyday conversations where we can encourage, help, correct and strengthen.

A silent Christian doesn’t use authority, and this world will trample the silent. 

James chapters two and three indicate that one of the greatest out-workings of our faith in God is the words of our mouth. There should be a fountain of good coming out of our spirit man and then put into God-inspired words. Words that originate at the very throne of God (Revelation 22). These words can change the atmosphere we live in and the world. 

Evil can be just agreeing with the circumstances of the world and speaking the same. So then, one way to extend our reach is with our voice and the words coming from it.

If God framed the worlds with His words, what world can we frame with ours?

John Grunewald