April 2005 Calendar Article
Our Theme for 2005:
Living for Jesus
Living for Jesus with Optimism
—by Margaret Rossow
Hope is fundamental to God’s plan for our lives. God knows the struggles of the human heart and He gave us a guide, The Word, to direct us in the right way. By reading and applying the scriptures we grow closer to what is good and hopeful in this life.
· We have a part in making God’s plan work in our lives. Each of us needs to develop ties with people and organizations that will help us recognize God’s blessings and all of the good things in our lives. We need to be in a position to receive support from fellow believers when our hope is weak. One way to be able to receive support is to attend the services of the church and participate with fellow believers in spreading the message of hope to the world (Romans 8:28).
· In Galatians 6:7-9, we learn that we reap what we sow. If we are in a relationship to help others when their hope is weak because of the troubles of this world, they will be there to help us when troubles pull us down.
· We need to remember every day that our real treasures are in heaven and are eternally in God’s keeping. The real hope of all Christians is to one day live with God and His goodness forever (Luke 12:33-34).
· God gave us the gift of his son, who died to atone for our sins. We have the choice to believe, repent, confess and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and live free from the burden of guilt. By accepting God’s gift, we have a hope that is eternal. (Romans 5:3-11)
· God provided an avenue for us to make requests of Him. If our hope is lacking, then we should pray. God, who provides all things, will provide a way to break the cycle of negativity and renew your hope (James 5:13-18).
· God keeps His promises and He is faithful. We can live with confidence in God’s faithfulness (Hebrews 10:23).
We are called to live for Jesus and to spread the good news to the whole world. We have God’s assurance that we can face all challenges with peace, courage, and optimism. Christian optimism is not wishful thinking or an effort to escape reality, but instead, the ability to face unpleasant situations with hopefulness (Romans 15:13).