When you look back to a year ago at the beginning of 2020, what were your thoughts? What did you dream for in the upcoming year? Were you full of hope that the year would bring into fruition that someday dream that was hidden in your heart? Now looking back, were there dreams unpursued or pushed aside by events beyond your control? Are you disappointed because something you worked for so hard faded away? Did your heart break like never before? Where do go from here when it seems to be no where to go?
A new year is before us. What are your hopes and dreams for this year? Do you have the strength to think of the future? Are you grieving a loved one, a dream, a life of certainty, or your own inner peace? Many times our natural reaction is to hide from the sorrow so the pain can not touch us again. So we refuse to love, dream, or believe that anything good can happen to us. While stuck in this despair, we lose the most important thing…hope.
Hope is what convinces us that between the hours of December 31 and January 1st life can be good again, unrealized dreams can flourish and your heart will not stay broken forever. If the year 2020 has proved anything, it is that through the sorrow, uncertainty, and disappointments, hope is needed more than ever. Where does hope come from when all around you there is hurt, confusion , and uncertainty?
Hope comes from the fact that you are still breathing? You may of went through hell this last year but you are still here. Hope comes from knowing that because you are still here, God must have a purpose for your life. Even if your situation does not change tomorrow, next month or by next year, you can still have hope that there will be good days, you will laugh and love again, and you can still dream a someday dream.
So put last year behind you and hold on to hope to last all year long.