Christmas time is a time for hope.
Hope for peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
Kids are hoping to get lots of good stuff under the tree.
Parents are hoping their kids return safe for the holidays and cherish the memories made with the little ones still at home.
Hope is what Christmas is really all about.
We celebrate hope that arrived 2,000+ years ago.
God became human in an effort to bring humanity back to relationship with him.
Hope is what it’s all about.
Hope is the belief that what is wanted will happen or that events will turn out for the best.
Hope is a noun.
Hope is a verb.
Hope is a form of expectation.
Conversely, so is fear.
Dictionary.com defines fear as, “to anticipate (something unpleasant) with a feeling of dread or alarm.
Fear and Hope run on the same track of anticipation but in opposite directions.
Fear anticipates disaster.
Hope anticipates rescue.
Life is full of surprises, both pleasant and unfortunate ones.
Storms and sunny days are part of life for everyone.
Because of the hope we have in Jesus we can choose to be hopeful no matter what comes our way.
Stacey and I are facing open-heart surgery for our youngest son Nolan.
It’s scary. Being afraid is a very real option.
Yet I will not fear.
I refuse to anticipate disaster.
Instead I hope.
I’m anticipating healing.
My hope is in Jesus.
It’s a daily choice.
I will continue to choose hope, to choose Jesus.
Get going in the right direction with your expectations.