“Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:1-5
My grandson’s baseball coach explained to the boys (and to some of the grown-ups like my husband) that he had deliberately traded some of his older team players to get more draft picks. He and his co-manager had decided that they would like to build a team. The coaching pairs of the three teams seem to be very different in temperament and in coaching styles. From the first practice, Coach was honest with the boys, telling them that he didn’t expect to win a lot of games this year while encouraging them to play their best and learn, learn, learn.
Last night was a huge example of this learning year; Soprano’s Pizza was down 20-1 in the bottom of the third inning. In Little League the game would have been called for the “mercy rule” but things are a bit different in Sr. League. The game isn’t official until the end of the fifth inning or after 2.25 hours. My husband and I held out hope for at least a more digestible loss; he – in his role of “official book keeper”- continued to encourage them. We lost the game but by a score of 20-9; our boys seemed to come to life during the top of the fourth! We actually had a conversation with our grandson on the way home; hope was all over our dug-out!
I was reminded of Paul’s words in his epistle to the church at Rome… and his encouragement to the Christians there – suffering is tough but only through the tough times for we learn the moral character we need to show the world around us! Lately my husband and I have been going through a dark valley; it has been and still is tough! But I refuse to give in to the darkness that has tried to envelope us; WE HOLD TO THE HOPE OF JESUS CHRIST! We know He will not abandon His people; NO WAY! And, God granted us a major prayer; a positive answer to a 4 – 5 year prayer that will change our families’ future, not the Heavenly one but the earthly one … we ALL know our hope eternal lies ONLY in the LORD!
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood & righteousness!! Where is your hope?
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