One of the common themes I heard from Christians in 2020 was an honest questioning if the world was ending. Politics, racism, unrest, and a pandemic all contributed to this trance-like despair felt by some Christians. Peter says in today’s verse to give a reason for the hope you have, but the verse assumes your faith has hope. That your faith has given you something to hang onto during tough times (and most of 2020 certainly qualifies as a tough time!). But if your faith looks more like discouragement (or judgment, or worry), then it doesn’t have the hope the people in your life you need. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’re always happy or positive, but it does mean our faith needs to have hope on more days than not.
Questions for further thought:
1. What was most challenging for you this past year?
2. How did your faith sustain you through that challenge?
Another journal prompt of mine each day is: someone I could surprise with a note, gift, or sign of appreciation is . . . ? Who could you encourage today and share your hope with?
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