Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
There’s an old cliché that says that most people do not succeed because they have nothing going for them. Others feel frustrated with their lives for lack of movement; all seems stale and motionless. Philosophically, psychologically, and spiritually it is indeed true that most individuals in today’s world are living lives of quiet frustration, with little to ignite or kindle the flame of the human spirit within them. It is as if life is one perpetual stalemate.
Life is lived, but only as a mechanical facade. Hope and optimism are perceived as the fantasizing of one’s childhood, replaced with an adult reality that diminishes a childlike wonderment as to life’s possibilities. Many feel almost trapped in a vacuum-like existence where only despair seems predictable. In such a state, people feel that their lives are at a halt, and that no matter what they seem to do, they do not appear to move from the same frustrating spot which has become all too familiar, with its demonstrations of barren productivity.