Apr 16, 2014 |
Inside Out 285: Surviving Other People’s Choices
Your financial manager took--well, he took everything--and now not only must you let go of your retirement dreams, it looks like you’ll have to sell the house to pay for the children’s education.
Someone you will never meet has stolen your identity, and you have no idea what it will take, or how long it will take, to restore your reputation.
Were you making good choices, but now live with the devastating consequences of someone else’s neglect or addiction or greed? Have someone else’s actions—whether accidental or intentional--changed your life, maybe forever?
How do you move on? How can you find--and hold on to--hope?
“God said something in His Word and He said it several times. He did not tell us to conjure courage,” says Cynthia Ruchti, our guest on Inside Out and the author of the new book Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices. “He said, ‘Take courage,’ as if He was holding out His palm with this batch of courage in it for us, and our only need is to reach out and take what He has provided.”
Through the true stories in Ruchti’s Ragged Hope, we meet people who have weathered the unwelcomed changes in their lives and retained at least a “fingernail hold” onto hope.
We invite you to listen to our conversation about these real people who have something to teach us about surviving in brutal circumstances. Click on one of the icons above (Listen or Download) to hear the full interview.
And we want you to know that, even in the most unfair of circumstances, God is not absent. He has not overlooked you. “God has known and understood this process of other people hurting us from the beginning of time,” Ruchti says in the recorded conversation. “Jesus was the Person who bore the consequences of someone else’s bad choices. He’s the ultimate example of that. So if anybody could understand, he could.”
Learn more about Cynthia Ruchti and her book Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices,