Feb 2 Minute Message

Feb 2, 2017Tom Ellsworth

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Author Carol Kodish-Butt wrote, "Hope is not about everything turning out okay; it is about being okay no matter how things turn out." Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

In the cold, gray days of a Midwest winter, it is easy to lose sight of hope. But hope as it is used in Scripture is not a wistful longing like making a wish before blowing out the birthday candles. No; biblical hope is equated with assurance and confidence. Hope is a foundation we build on as we look to the future; without it there can be no lasting peace or joy. It’s no wonder that the anchor was the ancient Christian symbol for hope.

You see, hope keeps us anchored to our faith on the high seas of doubt; hope keeps us going when we want to give up; hope fills us with confidence when everything else seems so uncertain. Where there is no hope in the future, there is no life in the present. And hope isn’t based in something; it’s placed in someone – God. He gives us hope that sustains during the cold, gray days of life.

Remember, hope isn’t about everything turning out okay, it’s being okay no matter how things turn out!