As we all go about our day and different lives, we each have these two things in common.
We all want hope and we all want meaning.
Is our significance defined through what we do for a living? Is our worth measured by how diligent we live our lives, with everything happening in our nation and in the world?
As important as these things are, let me remind you that there is so much more to life than just our status.
This past year has been a challenge for many of us and as we enter into the New Year, there is a sense of hope.
We hope for a new beginning, we hope for peace and for a fresh start.
But where do we find this hope?
We can find our hope in Jesus.
He is the key. He is the answer to our need for protection. He is the answer to our need for provision.
At the same time, He also knows our heart's desire to be loved, heard, and respected.
We can find our hope and our meaning by looking at truth: the original, which is the Bible.
When we read Revelations 4:8b, it describes the angels saying day in and day out, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Take a minute and say this out loud.
Close your eyes and imagine the King of Kings, sitting on His throne as the angels worship Him in reverence. This is the God we serve. This is the God who loves us. This is the God who sees us.
We can rely on Him and have a relationship with Him. So let’s live in the truth that we are…that you are…loved.
However, we cannot just sit on these precious truths alone, we are called to go even further.
1 John 4:7-8 states, “Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God and anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
We need each other, especially in times like today.
Even when it’s hard and when we do not want to love, our calling remains the same.
Jesus gave us everything and in return, we can give to others.
It takes vulnerability to open up and to love others deeply and truly, but once you do, it is oh so good!
Our purpose and hope can be found in a loving God and through Him, we can love each other.
So let’s be intentional! Call a friend and see how they are doing. Love someone by buying their groceries for them. If you’re in a drive-thru, pay for the person behind you.
As time goes on, may we experience that the more we give, the more we receive. It starts with you and with me.
Together, we can start a fire!
~ Elee Rodriguez