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Where is Your Hope?

During the debates leading up to the presidential election, it was interesting to hear the candidates’ perspectives on hope and the role of America. President Obama exclaimed that America remains the one indispensable nation, while Romney declared this nation is the hope of the earth. I believe both men got it wrong. Yes, I believe we have a responsibility to serve our purpose in the world; however, if we believe that America is indispensable and the earth’s only hope, we’re up a creek without the proverbial paddle.

I believe Paul spoke the truth when he wrote to the church at Colossae, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Christ alone is the hope for the earth. His transforming work in the hearts and lives of individuals is our only hope. Our hope rests neither in a political party or a particular candidate. Where our hope is placed, our emotions will follow. Our hope must rest in Christ alone.

My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago, so I have recently been reflecting a good bit on her life and character. As a child of the Great Depression she learned that people, wealth, and position are temporary, but the goodness of God is unwavering and reliable. When in conversation with my grandmother, if you ever happened to mention something was troubling you, she would respond, “Don’t worry about anything. There’s no need to worry. Just tell the good Lord about it, roll over and go to sleep.” This statement is exactly how she lived. Her faith was solid because her hope rested firmly in Christ and his goodness. She knew that the Lord was good, even when she did not understand his ways. As a result, her life was characterized by peace, joy and gratitude.

We do not know what the future holds, but we know that the one who is our hope is faithful. So then how shall we live? As Peter taught “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV). I can’t say it better than this: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 NIV).

Donna Downs

About the Author

Donna started working with the Lifetime board and staff in the fall of 2010 as they were redefining the mission and vision for the ministry. In May 2011, Donna assumed a permanent role and joined the Lifetime team as Executive Director. In this role, Donna provides leadership and direction for the team as they execute the vision that God has given for Lifetime.