Louis Zamperini’s 90 years of life nearly defies belief! His journey from Olympian at age 19, to WWII bombardier, to a castaway on a rubber raft for 47 days, to POW suffering three years of torture under the notoriously sadistic Mutsuhiro Watanabe, to free citizen plagued with PTSD; and finally, to one freed by the forgiveness of Christ—is amazing! His story tracks the extreme limits of resilience and gives us rich text for learning. One of the remarkable stories was how he helped prevent his fellow POWs from losing their minds during imprisonment by recalling the details of his mother’s Italian recipes by creating elaborate imaginary meals. Perhaps that may seem like a small matter, however, he created hope by using his imagination to help save those who were on the verge of losing their minds.  He did this while in a hell-hole.

How much more can we, with all the freedom we’ve been given, utilize our mind, imaginations, talents and resources to give people hope?

Unfortunately, most of us would rather lose our minds in the wasteland of entertainment, gossip, drugs, alcohol, or other worthless distractions. Is the goal of every day to finish work and rush home to fill our minds with nonsense, useless entertainment, or selfish pursuits? Or, do we choose to fill our minds with the things which perpetuate hope? We are so blessed because we are not limited by the meager resources found in a filthy prison cell.

The Bible says: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

We have so much freedom which enables us to push the limitations of our soul to give hope to the broken around us! Louis Zamperini’s life should challenge us to think twice about what we have planned for today—and then—seize the day to glorify God and give others hope! 

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