New Year, New HOPE


It’s that time of year again. You know that time when you look back on the previous year and take inventory. You look at some stuff and wonder what the heck you were thinking. Other things you might look at and feel a swell of pride in your accomplishment. It’s natural, and I believe even healthy, to take a look back like that. However, we can’t dwell on that. There’s nothing we can do to change the year that is ending. BUT, we can effect the year that is getting ready to start.

Why bother?

Sadly, I know that there are many people looking ahead to the new year, feeling as if the new year will make no difference. Some people are completely convinced that the new year is just going to bring more of the same stuff that the ending year brought. That being the case, it’s easy to understand why they would not be excited about another year.

For these folks, a new year is just an opportunity for more suffering. These folks are convinced that 2019 is little more than an extension of 2018. They have little HOPE that next year can be better.


Hope is a funny thing. It’s something that we all want. When things are going badly we want to hope that they can improve. When things are going well we want to hope that they will continue to go that way, or to get even better. The truth is that many don’t understand hope at all.

Many look at their situations and if they don’t see it improving, then they lose hope. If they don’t see a way out, then they feel hopeless. Hope, however, is not knowing that things WILL get better. Hope is knowing that, no matter how bad things get or if we can see a way out, that things CAN get better.

Hope for 2019

This Sunday I’ll be sharing a message of hope. I’ll be sharing with you how you can enter 2019 with HOPE that it can be better than 2018. I’m not going to insult your intelligence by promising a silver bullet, or a magic formula that will guarantee a better 2019. I simply can’t promise that.

What I can promise, and what I will share with you this Sunday, is a way that you can have true, real, powerful HOPE for next year.

Are you ready?

Do you truly want 2019 to be better than 2018. Would you like 2019 to be your best year ever? Maybe it’s time you did something different. You can start by joining us this Sunday at Journey Church. Take a moment to plan your visit, with help from our website. If you have any questions for comments, please feel free to leave a comment or to contact me.

I hope to see you Sunday.