It’s that thing we spend our lives searching for.
And often, even when we find it, we misplace it.
But how often do we allow it to saturate our souls or move mightily in and through us?
The latter is not only the chief end to which the Christ follower is called, but Christ follower or not, hope is that thing that lurks in the crevasses of our souls and drives us even when there is nothing left in us.
And if I’m honest with myself, it’s also probably the reason I secretly want to be just like Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games, especially after recently seeing the latest movie MockingJay: Part 1.
If you know Katniss’s character, you’ve probably already connected the dots. If not, let me just summarize by saying the girl goes through hell and back. In this particular section of the story, however, she chooses to become a symbol of hope for all people outside the Capitol. The people feel that if Katniss is with them, nothing can stop them.
They know her story.
All of it.
They watched her battle both internal and external play out on big screens. They saw her search for hope. Their hearts broke in her hopelessness and cried tears of joy when her hope was found. But now, here in this section of the overall story, all that she has been through serves as a source of hope for others.
Katniss Everdeen played the games twice and won. The second time, she unknowingly changed the game all together. If Katniss can do it, then everyone else can to.
And that’s the way hope works.
Whether you choose to believe the words of the Bible or not, when it comes to hope, everyone is living within its first two stages simultaneously (and some of us live in all three).
Most days we are both hope seekers and hope finders. There are areas of our live where we’ve found hope and live in it, while at the same time in other areas of our lives we are still searching. The difference for a Christ follow, however, is simply where we seek and find this hope.
Most mornings I read my Bible and pray before going off to work. Why do I do that? I’m seeking the presence of Hope in my life. I’m reassuring myself that Hope of my salvation is present and will be throughout the day. In that time of searching, I also find exactly what I’m looking for.
Every time I search for Hope, Hope is found.
The goal of life or the “whole glory of the Christian vocation”, however, is to live life in stage three.
We are to be hope bearers.
Even if you don’t believe in God or the Bible, you live to this end. There is something deep inside humanity that longs to help others. It makes us feel good. It not only fulfills a sense of individual purpose, but it gives purpose and justification for any tragedies or wrong doings we’ve endured. Hope bearing for the non-Christian is empowering to the individual and to others around them.
The same is true of Christ followers. The marked difference is that a Christ follower understands that this deep longing to help others is the imprint of God himself. So, it’s to His glory and not our own that we strive to live in such a place.
That is the title and job we’ve been given to do. (Matthew 28:19-20)
And that’s probably why I walked out the movie MockingJay: Part 1 with a burning desire to be just like Katniss Everdeen.
Hope Bearer is my job.
Words are my bow.
Love is my arrow.
What about you?
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