Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas: Becoming Hopeful

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If you were to participate in a job interview today, there’s a good chance you would be asked, “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”

Whether it’s one year, three, five, or another number, there’s a good reason this question comes up. Employers are curious to know what potential employees are ambitious about. “Is this somebody who will be able to work here for several years, or is this somebody who’s just passing through? Is this somebody I can lean into and educate as they take on more and more responsibilities, or is this somebody who just wants to run their department without any interference?”

But this question isn’t only for employers and potential employees. It’s a question that can get to the heart of what a person really believes. 

Think of it this way: In one year (or three, or five), do you see yourself as being more cynical about what’s to come, or more hopeful about it? Who are you becoming? Are you becoming a person who fails to see good? Or a person who has real hope?

What is hope? Hope is believing that the best is yet to come. 

READING & JOURNALING:

     PSALM 42

Do you the author of Psalm 42 was growing in being cynical, or growing in their ability to live with hope

Who are you becoming? Somebody who struggles to see good, or a person with real hope? (If the former, what is one step you can take today to begin walking the path of being a more hopeful person?)

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, there are seasons in which I may not put much thought or prayer into who I am becoming. As we continue this season of Advent, help me to see the person You’ve made me to be, and to make the decisions necessary to be that person each and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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