About Your Future

Drs. Patricia and David Mrazek saw a great deal of heart-break in their work. As pediatric specialists at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, they dealt with many suffering children. But they were struck by the fact that some kids bounced back from disaster while others were crushed by it. Why? Why, for example, does one slum child go to drugs, while another goes to college? Why do some abused children grow up to become abusers themselves, while others become good parents?

The Mrazeks conducted an extensive survey to find answers to these questions. In their study, one overriding trait kept popping up among those kids who survived trauma and went on to build healthy lives. The secret? “A basic life view of optimism and hope.”

Hope made the difference. Hope, more than anything else, helps us beat the odds when they’re stacked against us.

But how do we get it? What can we base it on? The world often seems much too jagged for the bright balloons of hope we try to carry around. Just when we think we’re beginning to soar—something pops them.

We were all feeling proud and hopeful about the space shuttle in 1986; technology seemed to be opening doors into an unlimited future. But then the Challenger blew up right in our living rooms on television.

We were all jubilant about the end of the Cold War in 1989. A new world order of peace and harmony seemed within reach. But then Saddam Hussein began rolling his tanks across the borders, and age-old conflicts in what had been Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union erupted in bloodshed.

Human beings desperately need hope. But hope is hard to find in our world—UNTIL we look at it from the perspective of Bible prophecy. This DISCOVER guide examines a remarkable prophecy that has inspired countless individuals with a vibrant hope. The prophecy in Daniel 2 demonstrates, perhaps more clearly than any other, that God really is in control of history, that He really does hold the future in His hands.