“Don’t give up Hope!”

This weeks meditation: “Don’t give up Hope!”
Read: Philippians 3:12-21

As we begin a new year some of us are ready to leave 2010 behind.  When I was visiting my sister recently she was sharing with me about a friend of hers who has had all kinds of tragedy and dissapointment happen to her and her family in this past year.  We summized that she is probably ready for a new year and the hope of a better year that lies ahead.

All of us will go through difficult times in our lives.  Sometimes it is a difficult year, sometimes a difficult week, and at a times just a difficult day.  It’s at those times that encouragement and promises like Philippians 3:13 can give us hope.  It says, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The Christian group Third Day has a new album out that has a song entitled “Don’t give up hope!”  The lyrics say, “Don’t give up faith, Don’t give up hope, There’s always something better waiting around the corner.  Don’t give up now please, don’t let go, what can feel like the ending could just be the beginning.  Don’t give up hope.”

In Lamentations 3:22-23 the Bible shares this wonderful promise.  “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.”  If God’s compassion is new every morning then we can start each day as a new beginning with the hope of Christ.  What wonderful news, we don’t have to wait on a new year to get here!

Martin Luther once said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”  I hope you can find that hope of Jesus in this new year and I hope that it gives you encouragement for each and every day in the 365 days ahead.  Well, Okay, it’s now down to 361.

Make it personal:  Try making it a habit this year to remind yourself about the promise of Lamentations 3.  No matter what happens in your day, night, or week, remember that God’s mercy is there for you and ready to prepare you for what lies around the next corner.  Allow that to bring you hope!

Blessings in 2011,
Glen Rhodes
Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church