“This hope we have as an anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:19).
Richard John Neuhaus, a Christian social critic, was picked up at the Pittsburgh airport and driven to his speaking engagement. The entire drive, his host lamented about the disintegration of the American social fabric and the absence of Christian values in our culture. Cases in point were too numerous to mention, but the man did anyway. On and on, he railed against every known failure of humans, particularly his favorite sins. Finally, as they neared their destination, Neuhaus offered these words of advice: “Friend, the times may be bad, but they are the only times we are given. Never forget, hope is a Christian virtue and despair a mortal sin.”
Hope is a virtue. Despair a mortal sin.
If there is one group of people on the planet who should be forever hopeful and expectant, it’s the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you want to see hope in the flesh, find a dedicated fisherman. Someone asked one of those guys, “How can you stand it to stay out here in the hot sun all day without catching anything?” The fisherman said, “Hold it–I think I feel something.” When the line went slack, he said, “He’ll be back.” Then, he turned to his friend and said, “What were you saying?”