Reference: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 NIV
Explore: At the end of each year there is much reflection on what has happened over the last 365 days. It’s easy to look back and focus on the disasters and catastrophes.
One journalist recently decided that, while 2015 had brought much pain to the world, it had also presented great hope. And so they documented 65 beautiful photos
that showed the year just gone was not all lost.
You may have heard of some of these events: a whole neighbourhood learnt sign language to surprise their deaf neighbour; a Turkish bride and groom used their wedding reception to feed 4000 refugees; a mum adopted her best friend’s four children after their mum died of cancer; fire fighters saved a man who had a heart attack while mowing the lawn and then go back to finish off his gardening…
So many of these photos that represent great stories of love and hope really moved me.
Application: We don’t always have the ability to stop disaster from coming into our lives but we do have the ability to bring hope and love into other people’s lives. We have the chance to build people up or tear them down.
Every single person needs hope in their lives. God knew this, that is why He constantly gave hope to humanity and gave this in an ultimate way when Jesus came to the earth.
Let us not hide this hope we have in Christ but find opportunities every single day to share this hope with people we meet.
Prayer: Lord, thank You so much for the hope You have brought to my life. May I openly and generously share that hope with others today. Amen.
How can you give someone hope today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible.
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