Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Message From C.H. Dyer, President/CEO - Fall 2016

Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Do you remember your first roller coaster ride? I do. It was called the Whizzer at Great America, near Chicago. It didn’t turn you upside down, but it was a thrill for a teenager in the early 1980’s.

In the 1989 movie "Parenthood", Steve Martin’s character, Gill, gets a lesson from his grandmother. She says, “When I was 19 Grandpa took me on a rollercoaster. Up, down, up, down… it was so interesting to me that a ride could make me feel so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited and so thrilled all together. Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around, nothing. I like the roller coaster, you get more out of it.”

Finding joy in your current circumstances is something I’ve been challenged with by watching the lives of the extreme poor. Staying positive when life is “up” is relatively easy. However, I have seen the poor’s lives burdened by food shortages, drought, disease, abuse, addiction, injustice, and oppression. Yet, for many of these friends, they not only persevere, but are filled with joy even during great turmoil. They worship and find reasons to praise God even in the midst of pain and suffering. Far more pain and suffering than I will ever endure.

Enjoying the ups and downs of life has been a theme for me lately. As you know, we faced some extreme challenges here at Bright Hope earlier this year. But God has seen us through those difficult moments and now it feels like we are riding up towards another peak. Finding joy in both the ups and downs of life is a great lesson – a lesson I am thankful to have learned from my friends in poverty and can put into practice every day.

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