Since this is my final blog post for 2022, I thought I would write about endings. You and I experience endings all throughout life.
All things, not just good things, must come to an end except God’s love and the Church (body of Christ). Therefore, we must prepare ourselves for dealing with and navigating the endings we experience whether caused by us or initiated by others.
You and I can best navigate the ends when we sharpen our perspective on life itself. Specifically, we must learn, if we desire to be well-adjusted individuals, to view life through the lens of hope.
Paul reminded the Gentiles in Ephesus that they had been “without hope and without God in [their] world" (Ephesians 2:12).
Hope and God always go together. That is to say – there is no hope (true and lasting) without God and wherever God works, He always brings hope.
A good question to ask is “How do we live in and see through the lens of hope?” I suggest these starting steps.
1. Stop worrying.
2. Keep the long view.
3. Seek peace.
4. Live for another Kingdom (and King).
Hope that is fleeting is built on the wrong foundation. Hope that is built on the foundation of Christ is lasting. Let us hope not as the world does but as Jesus taught us.
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