Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Our Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

Happy New Year, Everyone!

The new year is always a time of reflection and resolutions for people.  Although I'm not making a formal "resolution" this year because they never work out anyway, I decided to pick a word as a sort of "theme" or "guide" for 2013.  My word is Hope.

I could have chosen Faith, but I feel like Faith is overstated compared to Hope.  I realize they both have their place, their own definition and meaning.  But, sometimes I feel like the word Hope is restricted to things we wish will happen.  Things that may come to pass, and we wouldn't mind if they do.

But Hope is so much bigger than that.  One of my favorite verses says, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5

Our Hope is not disappointed.  It is set and sure.  Our Hope is in things that WILL come to pass.  God has given it to us, so that we can wait in full assurance of what is to come.  We hope for the glory of heaven, the peace of earth, the fullness of Christ's likeness in us.  But, I also have Hope in the smaller things -- that God has a course set for my life, that He will make my worries vanish and fulfill all His plans for me in His timing.

So my word this year is Hope.  What is yours?


  1. I was actually thinking about choosing hope as my word, too. But, now I'm not sure. Will be praying more about my "one word". Love that you chose HOPE.

    1. I hope you find a word that speaks to you and encourages you throughout this new year, Sybil!

  2. My one word is also Hope, but I have choosen the Dutch version because I'am Dutch. ( Hoop)

    I think I am blogging today about it.

  3. Hope seems to be a popular word for this year. It's definitely been speaking to me lately.