1 Corinthians 13:13
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The beginning of the new year is a natural time to think about the future or take stock of where we are. Some of us will be facing difficulties, some trying to choose a way forward, some wondering if the status quo is in fact just the right place to stay and with everything in the news I guarantee we will be wondering where the world is going to go in the next 12 months.
The verse above is often used to emphasise the importance of Love and of course love is important, without love our actions taken in hope and faith just come from our own self-importance or from our guilt. But I think just as important is Hope. Without Hope we succumb to the idea that action is pointless, that our situation can never change. We fail to put our faith in God to act and we sink into ourselves and our own concerns instead of loving our neighbour.
Losing hope can be incredibly damaging. When I lost hope it exacted both a spiritual and health cost. But I think that Hope can be an act of will. It is a determination that it is worth holding to your beliefs, acting in the faith that you really can make a difference and deciding that you will trust God to take your puny contributions and tiny dreams seriously – whether you ‘feel’ it or not.
I wish you a hopeful new year.