Unchained from My Past
Theme of the Week: The Life-Changing Power of Hope
Monday, August 4, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:5)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 25:1-10
I grew up in something of a jet-set family, where divorce ruled. Everybody got divorced. Add to that my family's raging alcoholism and explosive anger, and maybe you can see why divorce was epidemic, and how I grew up convinced that my life wouldn't feature a lasting marriage.
That belief got a major makeover after a bunch of terrific couples put their arms around me in an awesome Southern California church of 110 people. For the first time in my life, I saw couples that had been married for 10, 15, 20, and even 30 or more years. During five years in that church, I never saw a single couple break up. That totally changed my frame of reference. For the first time, I thought, I could really have a lasting marriage. That could be my future.
My wife, Carol, and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary. I couldn't imagine this 30 years ago.
The couples in that church liberated me from the expectation that my past background was going to determine my future relationships.
Hope will do that for you. Hope liberates from past failures, from bitterness, from anger, from insecurity, and from the kind of low expectations that keep people chained to the past.
—Ray Johnston in The Hope Quotient
My Response: What past failures or experiences keep me from envisioning a better future?
Adapted from The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston (Thomas Nelson, 2014; thomasnelson.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, I pray for people in my life who are drowning in discouragement. Show me how I might reach out to them and offer them hope for a better tomorrow and a better eternity.
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