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Hope does not disappoint…

Uh oh!  Just when you thought it was safe to read blogs again in 2010…….not another reflective post about the changing of the decade!  Ok, I admit it.  I am feeling all soft about the New Year and what it might hold.  But gimme a moment to persuade you of a hope-filled 2010.

I have no idea what 2009 was like for you…….but I can gaurantee it comprised a confusing mixture of the following : mundane work; great fun with loved ones; moments where you felt rejected; times where you felt you could burst with joy; days where you wondered where God was; and so on and so on……..

Life is not straightforward.  In fact, Jesus spoke plainly about this being so (John 16:33).  And our response?  Well, if your emotions follow the ups and downs of life, your reactions will also be mixed.  You will be relying on how you feel, and respond accordingly.  Living life in this way is exhausting!

But there is another way to respond…..logically.  In his letter to the Christians in Rome, the apostle Paul tells it how it is in Romans 5:1-11 , laying truth out for us so we are without excuse in understanding the extent of the mercy of God.

So whatever 2009 brought, treat yourself to an eternal perspective.  It’s what God would want you to do, and it’s why He puts lasting and robust joy in you by His Holy Spirit.   Someone once told me, ‘happiness depends on what happens to you.  Joy, however, is a steady assurance of a future hope, so live your life accordingly.’  Deal.