Choosing Hope Today

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Source: patheos.com

Scared? Absolutely.

Heart-broken? How could I not be.

Fearful? Um… yeah.

Look at the world around us today. Look at what is happening. It’s SCARY stuff. It’s heart wrenching, jaw dropping, unbelievably scary stuff.

I am one of those people who choose not to watch the news, or read the articles. On a daily bases I have chosen to turn my head. Normally, I blindly walk through my day. WHY? Because I DON’T want to know. I don’t want to carry the burden of the dark, scary world that we live in.

BUT, today, I can’t help but to stop, and watch, and read, and cry. I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly burdened by all that is taking place.

First, I read. I read about what’s taking place in Africa, as hundreds of lives have been taken by a virus that continues to spread, without any access to medication that could possibly prevent or cure this illness. There is death. And it feels hopeless.

Then, I take a few seconds to watch a video. I watch. And, my heart hurts. I see that overseas people are being slaughtered. SLAUGHTERED. Like animals. Children, beheaded. Adults, shot down. People fleeing for their lives and still dying of hunger and thirst. AND, for what reason?!? Because they have a different religious view? Because they choose not to deny the God they serve? THOUSANDS of people. SOULS. Hunted down and killed. And, it feel s really hopeless.

So, I turn on my local news, and what do I see? CHAOS. I literally feel sick to my stomach. I watch as right here in my state people go absolutely CRAZY. It doesn’t even matter to me who is right or wrong at this point. I see destruction. I see violence. I see brokenness. I feel fear. Hopeless.

And then, I click on one final link. My eyes scan through the letters until I see the word, SUICIDE. Famous or not, it really doesn’t matter to me. I feel sadness.  It was another life. Another person in our world who felt so helpless and hopeless and dark that all he could think to do was take his own life.

This. This is the world that we are living in today.

I step back. And I look. I TRY to process the absolute tragedy that is taking place in our world.

I think about my kids. They have to grow up in this world. I’m scared for them.

But, you know what? In the midst of the chaos, and death- I have HOPE.

HOPE. It is what seems to be lacking in all of these situations.

I have hope because I know the truth. I know that this is NOT it for me. I have hope because I know that those dying for choosing Christ are more alive today than they ever were on this earth.

I have hope because although this world in broken and depraved and really really scary sometimes, I know there is more to the story.

My heart continues to break and I will cry out to God in prayer. I am not making light of the situations.

BUT, today I choose HOPE.

Pick up your Bible today, and read the rest of the story. Find Christ. Find Hope.

Titus 2:13 “while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.”

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