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July 17, 2017, 9:19 AM

Blinded by Hope

I hope tomorrow is better. 

That probably sounds familiar, and has probably graced many lips throughout time. Today can be a struggle, and when we face the challenges and storms of the present we can rely on the hope that tomorrow is going to be better. Our faith is based upon hope that stretches into eternity. Which, when embraced, gives us the perseverance and faith to carry on. 

There are other ways we can look ahead in hope as well: I hope our Church grows; I hope the Kingdom of God (the Church) is revived; I hope things are better for believers globally and that persecution ends.  We can confidently say these things and speak about the faith that God will deliver on his promises of a strong Kingdom here on earth. 

But....... when we only look ahead with hope we place blinders over our eyes to what is around us right now. We, to our detriment, have become blinded by hope. Today is never as good as what we want tomorrow to be. Today is always wrong... because what used to be was better. Tomorrow will prove today a fluke, or just a blip on the radar to greater days. 

What if, by hoping for something great tomorrow we're missing what is great today? Are there opportunities to celebrate and worship and serve missed right now because we're focused too much on what we HOPE will happen tomorrow? Of course I want to see our congregation push the limits of attendance like it used to... but getting caught up in that hope leaves me blind to the powerful congregation of believers, servants, friends, and saints we have right now. We are not powerless because we hope tomorrow is better, because yesterday was better... We are powerful because the God we serve right now believes in us right now. And that gives us hope and faith and confidence that right now is where we need to be. Right now is hopeful, right now is where God needs his Church. Right now has all the needs of a hopeful people, not tomorrow and certainly not yesterday. Those days can worry about themselves. 

Yes, I hope tomorrow and next week are better. Yes, I get caught up in the temptation of hope for more... But I cannot be so blinded by the hope for tomorrow that today is forgotten. Remove the blinders and find hope in who we are right now. We are the Body of Christ, the Church, His Bride. 

And that gives me hope. 

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