I will admit that I am NOT a news junkie. I have friends who love to watch every aspect of the news. They can watch it for multiple hours each day and parse articles and generally enjoy it. Yet even though I don't spend that much time on it, I do like to stay up with what is going on in our country and in the world.
I was reading some of the news on a website recently and it struck me again how negative and hopeless most presentations are. We've always known that bad news sells better than good, but the level of anger, vitriol and angst that permeates most of what I hear or read is at the highest levels I can remember.
It was on the same day that I read a chapter in Psalms and a chapter in Jeremiah. Both of them used the term hope in a way that jumped out at me, so I did some digging. The word hope in the NIV version was used 3 different times, but each time a different Hebrew word was translated to the same English word "hope."
In the midst of all the negativity of the world, I have hope. Not just a hope for eternity (although that is an amazing hope) but a hope that God's dealings with and through me are based on his character. That is worth looking forward to.
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.