Josh Irby

Live from Sarajevo

Monday Motivation: Gandalf

We don’t choose the time we live in, or the circumstances surrounding us. Reality forces itself upon us. However, we can choose how we react to it.

Like many around the world, I have been glued to news coverage of the Boston bombings. It is a horrific tragedy. One scene, however, stands out above the rest. When the first bomb exploded near the finish line and a mix of panic and smoke filled the street, some people ran towards the explosion. These people, perhaps instinctively, decided to face danger to help a stranger.

Our greatest hope, in the midst of difficult circumstances, is that evil is not the only force at work in the world.

This Monday, as you face the challenges and circumstances of your week, I leave you with these words from the brilliant Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.” — Gandalf

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