Always Sow Hope

Monday, March 16, 2020

Research shows that young people are the most anxious we have seen. According to one article, the youth of today live day-to-day with anxiety levels that 50 years ago would have them diagnosed as having a mental health issue. In NZ we continue to have one of the highest suicide rates globally, most of those in under 25s. While the rates in NZ have not moved dramatically, some of the demographics have.

All that to say we have a responsibility to sow hope into hearts.

Guard your heart and the hope you have, and sow it into others.

Our world can look dismal and dark. It can look confusing and scary, especially when adults are as uncertain as the young people who are entering it. But it is not hopeless. We have hope. Hope for today, hope for tomorrow, hope that our yesterday is redeemable, hope for ourselves, hope for others.

Here is the thing about sowing hope. Just like a seed, it can sometimes take time to germinate, to begin to show evidence. It can also take time to bear fruit. But that doesn't mean we stop sowing seeds or watering the ground.

In uncertain times, don't give up hope, and don't stop sowing hope into the hearts of those around you.

Take a moment and read Romans 5. I like it in The Passion Translation. Verse 5 says "And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hears through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!"

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