Chapter Five - Make A Path; Leave A Trail

Joy’s moment of impact was when she went into her bedroom and prayed for an understanding heart to help people who are hurting. She wanted to go to the medicine cabinet and poison her stepfather, but instead made a different choice.

She knew Jesus loved her. She knew He loved her like none other. Her emotions added strength to her decision. Joy was and still is impelled to help hurting people until it is time for her to leave this earth.

In his landmark Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl said, “…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.” This incredible and unusual Jewish psychiatrist survived Auschwitz and saw horrific human misery. He found that what kept people alive in the prison camps had nothing to do with status, wealth, or even health. What kept them going were relationships. If a husband was living for his wife and she died, he would die soon after.

The Holocaust was his defining moment that revealed his purpose. While in the death camp, he envisioned himself speaking to huge conferences on what he experienced and endured. He is the founder of “logo therapy” or “the will to meaning,” one of the world’s most effective treatments for mental illness. It helps the patient find the will to live one’s life. Just as emotions add strength to decisions, so purpose fuels goals. The more meaningful the purpose, the more motivated you are to reach your goals.

Our brain is like a computer, constantly processing information, placing it and categorizing it. This is why it is so important to understand the brain’s process. Understanding paves the way to living the most meaningful life possible. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth… (Jo 16:13).

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