Do Not Lose Heart. We Were Made For These Times.

The Wise Words of Clarissa Pinkola Estés

  • Justin Zoradi
Do Not Lose Heart. We Were Made For These Times.

I often talk to people scared by the state of our world, unsure of their place in it, and overwhelmed by the task of doing something about it.

A friend shared with me the words of poet Clarissa Pinkola Estés and I've found them comforting in times of despair.

Do Not Lose Heart. We Were Made For These Times.

"I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now.

Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is, we were made for these times.

One of the most important steps you can take to help calm the storm is to not allow yourself to be taken in a flurry of overwrought emotion or despair, thereby accidentally contributing to the swale and the swirl.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.

The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these, to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for." <-- Click to Tweet


Excerpts from Letters To A Young Activist During Troubled Times by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D

Photo Credit: Zastavki.com

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Comments (9)

  • Larry Rutledge

    Larry Rutledge

    12 June 2012 at 16:20 |
    Another great post! I am particularly gripped by this idea that whatever time a person lives is not by chance, but by the sovereignty of a God who knew precisely what would be needed at this moment in history, and prepared the precise people to live in that time and be what is needed.

    In addition to that, the parallel idea is that the overwhelming task of "fixing" whatever is wrong can seem to be way too much, to big a job, too large a task. But we are not called to fix it, we are not called to solve it, we are not called to repair and restore it. God prepared us for this precise time, not because He expected us to single-handedly fix anything, but because He wanted us to be by His side, sharing in the work that needs to be done right now.

    We are not required, nor expected, to repair the broken world. We are only required to be obedient. God has many people and if each do their appointed task, then together the work will be accomplished.

    It is His work, not ours, so we need not fear the enormity of the problem, nor the solution. We need only fix our eyes and our attention on the one who is larger than all that is wrong and watch as He uses us to work this change.

    Thanks for another great, thought provoking, soul challenging post!
  • Justin Zoradi

    Justin Zoradi

    12 June 2012 at 19:51 |
    Thank you Larry. What a comment. One of the best. Love this part:

    "God prepared us for this precise time, not because He expected us to single-handedly fix anything, but because He wanted us to be by His side, sharing in the work that needs to be done right now."

    Thank you

  • Sheryl Hjellming

    Sheryl Hjellming

    13 June 2012 at 18:25 |
    Sigh..... I think Larry took all the good words! Thank you to both of you! Great words to live by to be sure!

    I LOVE that we have a God that even wants us to work alongside of Him and that He also equips us for the work and gives us the love for those He wants us to reach out and touch for Him.

    Thanks again for the awesome blog Justin!
    • Justin Zoradi

      Justin Zoradi

      13 June 2012 at 19:10 |
      Thanks Sheryl!
  • racheAl


    13 June 2012 at 19:03 |
    Estes words reminded me of something I read by Oswald Chambers:
    "If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened. If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the calm waters just inside the harbor, full of joy, but always tied to the dock. You have to get out past the harbor into the great depths of God, and begin to know things for yourself-begin to have spiritual discernment."

    I've had a few conversations recently with friends about the difference in trying to "fix" people verses being the ears of God to hear the heart of fellow sojourners. The former puts us in the place of "savior", and the latter will point people to the Savior.

    I'd like to echo Larry's thanks for the post and the challenge! Or should I say the charge! :D We live in a broken world, but we are part of the Redemptive Story. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me" (John 14:1) May we all press on whereever He has us.
    • Justin Zoradi

      Justin Zoradi

      13 June 2012 at 19:21 |
      Awesome Rachel! Thank you. What a great comment. Love the Oswald Chambers stuff. I'm gotta use that for something
    • Larry Rutledge

      Larry Rutledge

      13 June 2012 at 21:14 |
      Love the Oswald Chambers quote!! I don't think I've ever read him before, will have to seek out more of his stuff.

      He nailed it totally on the head. We work so hard to make life easy, comfortable and safe for us; but God loves us too much to let us stay where we are and who we are. He will bring that storm that not only severs the dock, but smashes its boards and sends it to the bottom of the water so we can't even make a quick swim for it to save ourselves.

      God is so insistent on our full reliance of Him because He knows that He is more than up to the challenge of making our life the best and fullest life possible.

      Regardless of what we might say with our mouth, when we stay in the shallow water our actions clearly override our words and show that we have only faith in what we believe we can control. God wants us to learn to have total reliance on Him and His ability to do all. And the beauty is that He works so hard in us because He greatly desires that we participate with Him in the work.

      When the disciples, many of whom were experienced fisherman and boat handlers, grew frightened of the mighty storm they cried out that God was abandoning them to die. Yet Christ was right there sleeping in the bow of the boat.

      If the creator of the universe is confident to sleep in the boat, then who are we to give the slightest concern to WHATEVER might thrash around us.

      The enemies great tactic is to cause us fear. He often yells and swirls around us in loud and obnoxious ways. The noise and confusion often causes us to fear what the outcome will be .. but if we realize that is the extent of his power then all his power is immediately stripped from him. He relies on his ability to make us afraid enough to stop or to turn away, hoping we forget he can't actually force us to stop or turn away.

      The Creator of the universe is sleeping in our boats .. let's not wake Him for a trifling wind .. no matter how strong it might seem to be :)
      • Justin Zoradi

        Justin Zoradi

        13 June 2012 at 21:27 |
        Thanks Larry!
  • Janelle


    19 November 2012 at 14:18 |
    Thanks for this Justin! I loved it.

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