Life can be messy (have I said that before?!?). And in that mess, sometimes all can feel lost. Yet, the essence of the Christian story, as well as the stories of all major religions and all spiritualities, is that the mess is never the end. There is always another ending; one that is more hopeful. As Christians, we see this so clearly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Death was not the end. It was simply a stop off point on the way to new life. Once we understand this, we understand everything. Death (mess, grief, worry, mistakes etc…) is never the end of the story. The messy experiences of life are stop off points along the way to new life (hope, joy, peace, calm etc… ).
Thankfully, there are those among us who seem to get this. They get it and they pass it on. They tell us (and anyone who will listen). They give us hope in the difficult times. They share wisdom with us that lets us know something of the true nature of life. In these times we certainly need people like this. I have benefitted so much from having hopeful people in my life.
Do you recognise these people in your life? If so, call them to mind now and be thankful for them. Remind yourself of what they tell you and be hopeful even, or maybe especially, if things are messy at this time. Surround yourself with people like this- the hopeful ones.
I am reminded of something a friend told me some time ago. My friend was giving advice to his daughter who was starting a new job. He told her,
‘On your fist day, when you go into the staff room, you will see a group of people in one corner who are cynical and ho do not like the job and do not like the people they work with and do not like the people they serve. Go stand in the other corner.’
Good advice I think.
Here are a few words from St Paul that might also be helpful:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8