Two words have really resonated with me recently; hope and joy. Oddly enough, today’s message at Crosspointe revolved around hope. Hope and despair. How easily it is to turn your back on hope and look at your past and say “That’s all there is to it. Nothing can be done.” However, hope always looks forward, saying “There’s more to this story.” In the middle of the message, we were asked to write down something we had completely given up hope on. It was tough, but I was honest with what I wrote. Then at the end of the service, we were asked to ball up our sheet of paper and launch it towards the stage. Words cannot express how freeing that small exercise was. As I threw my sheet of paper, someone behind me patted me on the back and I felt this huge weight lift off of my heart. I realized I can’t change a person. I can’t change their actions. But I can prevent other people from tainting the most incredible gift God could ever give us; love.

So I encourage you to do the same thing. Write down the one thing that has been forcing you into despair and then let it go. Never give up hope.


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