I worry a lot, too much I think, about what other people want.  It’s just that I’ve always found contentment in making other people happy.  And that’s the problem, happiness seems to get wrapped up in “wants” more often than “needs.”  If I give my kids what they need, they may be ok with that but not always.  If I give them what they want, they are always ok with that, at least until they realize what they want isn’t good for them.  That’s where wisdom becomes critical and necessary to protect us from our own demise.


I think about this a lot in relation to OCC and the community we are ministering to.  I know there are thousands of people within just 10 miles of our campus who need Jesus.  That is a fundamental reality that many of them just aren’t aware of yet.  They simply don’t know what they are missing.  I think what they do know they need and are desperately trying to find is hope.  So my question is are they getting it from us, from me?  Do I ooze hopefulness when I’m going about my daily routines?  Are my conversations hope filled or are they cynical?  I think it’s unfortunate that joyful, hopeful people can be misunderstood as naïve, or even shortsighted. 

While one must acknowledge the difficult circumstances he or she may find themselves in, it is essential to preserve a hopeful outlook.  Particularly as a Christian who believes in the resurrection.  It’s crazy but true in that we can say we believe that Jesus rose from the dead and believe in that same power which is available to us today and yet be void of hope due to the mountain we are facing.


My brother-in-law recently noted that he believes Late Night host Jimmy Fallon’s success in pop culture is due largely to his infectious, joy-filled, nature that comes through each night on his show.  Contrast that for moment against the cynicism of our media today.  It seems clear people are tired of bad news and Jimmy gets that.  We are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus, the gospel that has the power to save and bring hope, joy, strength, peace and most importantly redemption.


A few years ago, the commonwealth of Kentucky adopted the slogan “Unbridled Spirit.”  What if believers applied that same idea; an unbridled hope, joy, enthusiasm for Jesus that was contagious?

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.