"...high hopes, we've got high hopes..." Remember that old song? A lot of people are clinging to hope these days. For some going without a job or paycheck and getting down to their last, hope is all they have and we must pray that it's not lost. As followers of Christ, we absolutely cannot lose hope and have to be the encouraging to others. We have to help them see the benefits of holding on to our confession of faith (Heb 10:23) even when we don't see an end to the calamity in sight. I heard this acronym for hope on the radio before COVID-19 interrupted our daily lives, and it crossed my mind today. I thought I'd apply it to how we can use hope to get through these next weeks and months.
H - humility - set aside prideful and arrogant behaviors. Take time to reflect on ways to improve relationships. If you need to square things with someone, now is the time to do it. Also, if you need help, don't be afraid to ask. You are not the only one.
O - optimism - don't let negativity take over and remember that ALL things work together for the good of those who love God. A positive attitude can make a difference in your health and environment as well as affect those around you.
P - passion - use this time to reclaim your passion, be it reading, writing, painting, sewing, building things; all the things you could never find time for. But start those activities with prayer and studying God's Word. With His lead, everything is better.
E - engage - be intentional in your communication with others. We have to find creative ways to stay in touch with our family, friends, and co-workers. Remember to check on the elderly and those that live alone.
For many of us, our hope is in Jesus Christ and the promise of an eternity with him. If you don't have that hope, if you don't know him as your Lord and savior read Romans 10:9-10 and make your confession of faith and repent of your sins. If you need someone to pray with you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our staff will contact you. God loves each and every one of us and wants us to have glorious hope!