Life & Legacy: Hope in a tough spot by Kim Anthony
I have a friend who bought a project car. A Toyota MR2, to be exact. These cars have their engine in the rear of the car – mid-mount, they call it. This being the case, the engine bay has restricted space and it’s incredibly hard to work on. As he was prepping the engine, his mantra became, “never buy an MR2.” This continued until he finished his mechanical work and took it for a drive. At which point he msged me, “man, you gotta buy an MR2.”
It’s handy, especially in tough times, to know life is made up of seasons. Some are cold, some are warm, but they all come to an end.
There is a reason they say don’t make big decisions when you are in the dumps. Don’t make impulsive decisions when you on a high. Things do change over time. It’s hard to be objective when you are in the midst of a gruelling season. It’s even harder to believe things will get better. But the longer you stand, the more things change.
2020 has been a trying year for many of us. So here is my encouragement for you. It’ll pass. It’s only a season. Just stay standing. The world looks brighter when we know the night only lasts for so long. This is an outlook most conducive to hope when you don’t really feel hopeful.
My wife gets really sick when she is pregnant. Why do we do it? Well… obviously because we want a baby. We know it’s a season. It will pass and when it does we’ll have a new addition to the family!
The book of Psalms in the bible is a collection of poems. There’s no sugar-coating the truth in that book. The writers talk about how unfair life can be. They also talk about how to approach the highs and lows of life with hope. I encourage you to read them when you feel overwhelmed. Start with Psalm 23.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
Kim Anthony is the Pastor of Life&Legacy Church at Hillcrest. Visit lifeandlegacy.church for more ways to connect.