Vision of Hope
“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world … That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God’s new world, which he has thrown open before us.” ― N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
What is the difference in these states Wright presents – spirituality/introspection, joy/pleasure, justice/vengeance? For me it is hope. Are we lifting our gaze no higher than the horizon, filling our lives only with what is temporally weighted to the world? Hope lifts our gaze to the heavens and we are able to envision our future there made possible through Christ.
What does hope look like to you? Not of institutions or governments, but personally in a way that lifts you through trying days and comforts your sleep before a new day of possibilities? And how do you retain hope in this dreary world?