A Calling to Hope

It is amazing the journey we have been on the last couple of years. Little by little, people have lost hope in the midst of the uncertainties. The world at large has found itself more anxious, on edge, and hopeless. Yet, in the midst of it all, we can find peace. Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it me afraid.” He even said that He came to give us peace. Not as the world gives, but only peace that Jesus can provide for us.

Think with me for a moment about this season of your life. How are you feeling? How are you coping with the unending changes? Are you standing strong in the midst of the world’s angst? There is no doubt, it is difficult to walk in unending peace, but it is possible. If it was impossible the Bible would not give us the hope of peace.

In fact, this is what the world needs the most. Not just peace, but hope. When I speak of these things, I know instantly that our mind goes to the fact that the world needs peace. But it is not outward peace that we need as much as inward peace. The Bible warns that this world will never have complete peace until we get to Heaven. Jesus did say that in this life we will face many hardships, and He also said that He would give peace.

Here lies the hope! The world will never know peace, yet we as individuals can find peace in Christ. Inner peace is possible through prayer, thanksgiving, and worship. However, peace can also come through resting our hope in something more than this life. When this life is over, it’s not truly over. For those who have trusted in Jesus, there is something beyond this life. We have hope in Heaven.

The reason we are anxious and hopeless is because there is nothing on this earth to hope in. People cannot always be trusted. Sickness and disease are rampant. Life is uncertain and heartache is everywhere. Why not hope in something beyond this life? If we think this world will eventually satisfy us, we are destined for disappointment. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus and our eternal home, we will find peace in the midst of chaos. The problem we have most of the time is that we look for something here on earth to fill the emptiness in our heart. That longing can only be filled by Jesus.

I don’t want to paint a picture of glum, but I find refuge in knowing that this life is not all we have. This is why we must live for more than just this life. We must live to make impact that will affect eternity. To love others, to serve others, to lead others, and to touch the lives of those who need hope.

The Apostle Paul said, “If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.” I Corinthians 15:19 Amplified Version.

We have a calling to hope. We are to spread that hope to others. Christians should be ones who point others to eternity. If Christians are the ones who lack hope, then how can we ever convince others to believe in the hope of Jesus.

Choices

Have you ever wondered where you would be if you had not made a change?

Life changes in a moment! Life is also full of decisions. One bad decision can change the whole course of your life. One good decision can do the same. In my 43 years of life I have made some good decisions and many bad ones.

The other morning I had a sobering thought, “what if Christ had not intervened in my life, where would I be?” The thought took me back to 1990 when my life was on course for a devastating shipwreck. If Christ had not intervened in my life I would be a thief, or an alcoholic, or in jail, or maybe dead. I was one of those kinds of guys that needed a change. I was such a “heathen” that when I went to meet my future-in-laws, my mother-in-law to be, cried.

I am not proud of the way I used to live, but Jesus saved a wretch like me. What about you? Where would you be without Him? Where will you be if you do not surrender to Him? We can plan for our future but our future is not guaranteed. One bad choice can ruin your life. One good choice can change everything for good.

We all have a choice to make. The options are: we can live like we want and act like there are no consequences to our actions or choices; Or we can live with the thought that my decisions will affect me and sometimes others too. Many people do not like to be confronted with this fact. The truth is that there is only one choice that can be made that will alter your life for eternity. It is the choice to follow Jesus. To surrender your life to Him.

What is your choice? Will you chance living the same way you always have or will you surrender to Him?

Fayetteville Whataburger

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It was a great way to end our vacation. Nothing going on today so we got an early start and ate at the new Whataburger in Fayetteville.  I almost cried tears of joy.  Since moving from Texas 7 years ago, we have missed this burger place.  The Rogers location is supposed to be open at the end of August.  Having one close to home will be awesome.  Can’t wait.

Inconsistency

How many times can we fall?
Only to find God forgives it all?

A mess-up here, a wrong word there
A lack of compassion when we should care

Disobedience when we know we should obey
And we do not heed His voice, when He tells us the way

Why is He so gracious in all of our inconsistencies?
Because He loves us, in spite of our unreliability
-Danny Cheney-