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Hope Wildly

Hope wildly.

I hate New Years’ Resolutions.

And I used to be a MASTER at them. Trust me, I could make a list of what I would do for the year like a PRO.

And yes, yes -- I accomplished everything on the list.

Just kidding. I don’t think I ever fulfilled my New Years’ Resolutions, and it took me a long time to learn that it is more than okay.

Because here’s the thing - making a list of what to do or what not to do for an entire year is actually just giving myself a list of demands and I’m becoming increasingly aware that we aren’t meant for demand, yet we do it all the time.

I actually had an idea of what to post on New Years’ Day, but time got away from me (and that’s okay). So I’m posting it now.

Hope wildly. That’s what I heard the other day. Hope wildly.

We have a really bad connotation of hope (“I hope it doesn’t rain…I hope something good happens to me today…”)

I love the soundtrack to the Prince of Egypt, but there is one line in the final song (There can be Miracles, please listen to it regardless of this upcoming statement), that I’m starting to question:

“Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill.”

I think that we think that hope is frail. That hope is a fragile bird (“hope is the thing with feathers” - Emily Dickenson), but I think hope is a lot stronger than we give it credit for. If anything, hope is like that scrawny kid that everyone underestimates until they get into a fight, and somehow, they win.

I think our hope can be frail - but thankfully, Jesus’ hope isn’t.

My friend, these past two years have been…wow. A lot more has happened in these two and a half years, and I know with the pandemic scare still roaring in our faces, it’s really, really easy to lose hope.

Friend, don’t. And even if you do, take hope from Jesus.

Disappointment is a killer. It just takes and takes and takes from you. It takes peace, takes we tell ourselves to just stop expecting. Because if you don’t expect anything, you can’t be disappointed (thank MJ from the latest Spider-Man for that). But that’s not how we were designed to live.

We were designed to live life fully, faces to the sun and arms open wide, expectant, and ready for good things to happen to us.

So tonight friends - this year friends - hope wildly. Dream bigger than you ever had. Dream bigger than big. This is no time for small dreams.

Because truly, my friends, Jesus has walked the road before us, and He has cleared the way. It’s really scary to walk when you don’t know what’s ahead. But Jesus has walked ahead, and tonight, I believe God is telling us:

“All clear friends, all clear. Go live again.”

So tonight, let us echo Heaven’s cry:

All clear, friends, all clear. Go live again.

Remember, you are deeply loved.

Image from Unsplash by Sincerely Media


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