As many other people do, at the end of each year I take the time to think and pray about my word for the next year. Some years the words have been more “profound” and sometimes seemingly odd. But each year, when December comes around and I reflect they always seem fitting.
This year’s word, hope, seemed the opposite of profound and almost too simple. Through the lens of Christianity, it’s a fundamental principle. Something we are called to do. It’s not that it’s not important, but it isn’t really something we are to aspire to, but more so just are supposed to be or have.
But sometimes we have to get back to the basics. And that’s exactly why it’s my word for 2020. I need to get back to the basics in my posture towards life, circumstances, the Lord and more. Honestly I need to get back to believing and trusting that His word is true when it says:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
“Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” – Psalm 130:7
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
And I think the thing about hope, similar to joy, is that it is a choice. And it can’t be dictated by circumstances. It’s a perspective that we choose, through faith, every day. It’s a choice to believe that God is good even if our circumstances aren’t. It’s a choice to believe He is faithful even when we don’t understand. It’s a choice to trust even when we don’t understand. That’s the hope I want this year. And while it be simple, it’s necessary. And if this fundamental principle is missing, the foundation we are building our lives on isn’t sturdy.
And I don’t know about you, but I want my life to be built on solid ground.
Happy 2020, friends.