Hope is a simple word, but something we all need desperately. In an ever changing world, we all need hope to hold on to. Hope keeps us looking forward to the future with the expectation of good things happening.
Before I came to Christ in my early 20s I thought I had hope. Despite not being in good health, I hoped to find my wife, get a good job, buy a home and that my health would improve. All of these things did happen, but they were all limited to this life.
After I came to Christ I found the hope I really needed. It was a hope for this life and a great hope for the next. I was now right with God, my sins were forgiven, I had a calling to serve and I had a heavenly hope for when this life is over. I would spend eternity with Christ.
After following Jesus for more than 30 years my hope is stronger than ever. Despite the world around me not looking good at times, I still have a great hope that is found in Christ. He is my true north or my anchor when life is tough. He holds me in the palm of His hand and He is far greater than anything life can throw at me.
Hope for me today is all about H.O.P.E. It is about Holding Onto Promises Eternal. This is true hope. The hope we have in Christ. The hope that He is preparing a place for us. The hope that He is coming back. The hope we will spend eternity with Him.
Yes I still have hopes and dreams for this life, but my ultimate hope is in Christ. My ultimate hope is eternity with Him. This life may last another 5, 10 or 20 years for me, but my true life will begin when I take my last breath here and I see His face. Oh what a great day that will be!
In the meantime I hold onto promises eternal.