“Hope is our destination, faith is trusting in that destination, and love is how we get there.”
Matt Rawle, The Marks of Hope
Did you ever meet someone who didn’t think they had anything to hope for? Someone who right out said they were hopeless? Their proclamation was, in a way, a statement of hope … a sign that they were at least hoping for something to hope for.
Truth told, what they were (or are) lacking probably wasn’t hope. More than likely most of them just lacked faith that they could hang on until they found hope and proof of love … love for themselves, love from others, love for others … that could fuel their way to finding that hope.
So where does God come into this and how does it impact you?
For starters and whether we’re remembered by name or just among the numbers of millions upon millions of others, we are all participants in – a part of – the history of humanity and the earth, and that history is God’s story.
That means we – the hopeful and the hopeless, the believers and non-believers, the church-goers and church avoiders, the saints and sinners, the young and old, even those whose beliefs, cultures, and lifestyles are completely different and foreign to what we know – are all in the midst of God’s story, and our role in that story is to keep it going; not to be clever, witty, or innovative (while all good traits) as much as to be stewards – caretakers – of what we’ve inherited (creation) and leaders in passing it on.
Not only is hope our destination, it’s the story we imagine, it’s the future we strive to make through our words, deeds, and actions. Those words, deeds, and actions are the result of finding and having the faith to tell our story, and to live that story out through love that we express in those words, deeds, and actions.
Now is your generation’s time. Whether you realize it or not, your generation will determine the direction history takes. And, as near as I can see, that’s a good thing … or at least it can be.
You may not be aware of it or even believe it, but you are already carrying out God’s story. Something deep inside you recognizes injustice or feels the grief, pain or joy seen in the body language and on the face of a stranger. That nudge, your reactions to current events – your refusal to accept excuses in lieu of action, your ability to see through the spin, hype, grand-standing, and proselytizing, and to not only say “enough!” but to rise up and take action – stems from a native impulse to help those in need, a missional instinct resident in the heart, soul and mind of all of humanity.