What 2017 Taught Me About Hope
This blog post is co-authored by my boyfriend, Owen Wolf.
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A Year of Hope
2017 is coming to an end. Another year filled to the brim with memories that are already fading away as 2018 looms ahead with unwritten adventures.
This year has been a crazy one for me. I was heavily involved in my church and finished my last year at community college. Eventually, I decided to take a break from being a youth leader as I started my senior year of college. Not only that, but I’m also in a relationship (as you can clearly see)!
One theme of 2017 that Owen and I have clearly seen in our lives is Hope. Owen had lost hope while focusing on the temporal. He did not want to think about the road ahead.
However, I struggled to grip onto the anchor of hope in a different way. Anxiety paralyzed me as I tried to gaze into something not meant to be seen. I was trying to control my future, to set in stone what is really shifting sand.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the past or try to grasp for control of the future. But both ways of thinking can cause us to lose hope. As we have grown, Owen and I now see the importance of standing on the solid rock that is Jesus Christ.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:29 NIV)
Our salvation is secured in Jesus. We don’t have to worry about our past or future with God. He washes all of the old things away, and He makes all things new.
An Eternal Perspective
We need to start acting in the present while having a more eternal perspective. The Bible tells us to think about today and not worry about tomorrow, but it also tells us to focus on the Kingdom of God.
Eternity is not just some concept from the far away future; it is a reality for the past, present, and future. Eternity is in this very moment. We are eternal souls in temporary bodies.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)
My challenge for you today is to look back on 2017. What do you remember? Chances are, you only remember the highlight reels of the good and bad times.
When Owen and I tried looking back on the past two years, we found that we could hardly remember anything!
The point is to remember that this life is fleeting. It is good to live life to the fullest and be present, and to plan for the years you may have left. However, it is even more important to have an eternal perspective. Ask God what that looks like for you, and what legacy He wants you to leave.
We can hold on to hope, knowing that God is with us every step of the way and that He is ultimately in control of our lives. He has great plans for us, and 2018 is only just the beginning.
Happy New Year, lovely one! I hope you have a fabulous and blessed 2018.
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Wonderful thoughts Emily (and Owen)! I love how you guys shared the same concept from two perspectives! It is so true that life is fleeting, and that we should make the best of each moment! Keep up the good writing and God bless you guys in 2018!
Thank you so much Courtney! I find it really cool how God could use us in different ways to write this post. I pray you have a blessed New Year as well!
This was well written Emily (: Thank you for sharing this. Somehow you always seem to write on a topic that I really need to be attentive to lol. I can’t wait to experience the ways that God uses you more this new year (:
Thank you so much Nikki! I had a lot of fun and found great inspiration in writing this with Owen. I am so happy that it blessed you! Thank you for your kind words. Happy New Year 🙂
Emily, as I look back at 2017, I’m so grateful for the community of Christian writers that God has surrounded me with. YOU are one! Thanks for your words of encouragement and support. I’m praying that 2018 brings many blessings your way.
Keep shining that light, girl!
Thank you so much Beckie! I’m so grateful for all of the writers and bloggers that God has given me to support as well. 2018 will be blessed for the both of us! 💕