The "Living Hope" Lifestyle
I think there is an expectation of sorts that at midnight on New Year's Eve, all of last year's mistakes, troubles and trials are erased and we are allowed to hit the reset button as we look ahead.
We call it a "new" year, but many times the only thing really new is just the number of the year. The same problems exist, same challenges and issues persist through the switch-over to the "new" year. What do we have to look forward to? What do we do, how do we respond when we see that the same-ole-same-ole did not go away but simply remained or changed form?
What happens when our remedies, including faith, fails or does not seem to function as we believed it would? As we age a big concern to our minds, bodies and faith is healing. Whether it be the timing of the healing or the issue itself, many times the remedy leaves mores questions than answers than the challenge.
We need to continue to place one foot in front of the other. The alternative is grim. Besides death, where does the motivation come from in the requirement to move? Year after year the motivation seems less and less, unless you have Hope.
I heard a quote by John Maxwell recently where he said, "Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present." I agree and would add - if there is no hope, the present is useless, the past has no meaning and the future is non-existent.
Christians have as their God, the God of Hope. God desires His believers to not only know Him as this and be filled with hope but overflow with hope also."May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13
- Joyfulness with hope
- Patience with afflictions or issues
- Faithfulness with prayer or time with God