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    1. Time for a New Perspective

    You’re My Only Hope

    In the original Star Wars movie which is now considered Episode 4, Princess Leia sends a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi (via R2-D2) saying, “Help me Obi-Wan.  You’re my only hope.”

    Hope is an interesting concept that is so often understated and misrepresented in today’s world.

    I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow.  I hope the Phillies win the World Series.  I hope you have a good day.  It’s good to have hopes and dreams.

    Over four years ago, Barack Obama ran for president on a platform of hope and change, and many looked to him as the hope for something different and better in their lives.  He may have brought a hope to many people, be he and all other leaders will ultimately fall short when it comes to bringing about a true and lasting hope.

    In Psalm 62, we hear of the one true Hope worth following and pursuing:

    Truly my soul finds rest in God;
        my salvation comes from him.
    Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
        he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

    How long will you assault me?
        Would all of you throw me down—
        this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
    Surely they intend to topple me
        from my lofty place;
        they take delight in lies.
    With their mouths they bless,
        but in their hearts they curse.[b]

    Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
        my hope comes from him.
    Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
        he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
    My salvation and my honor depend on God[c];
        he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
    Trust in him at all times, you people;
        pour out your hearts to him,
        for God is our refuge.

    Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
        the highborn are but a lie.
    If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
        together they are only a breath.
    Do not trust in extortion
        or put vain hope in stolen goods;
    though your riches increase,
        do not set your heart on them.

    One thing God has spoken,
        two things I have heard:
    “Power belongs to you, God,
         and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
    and, “You reward everyone
        according to what they have done.”

    Psalm 62

    In our efforts to bring hope to others around us, we must remember from where true hope comes.  It comes from God.  If we are to know hope and to share it with others, we must understand that there is truly only one hope.  It’s not from Obi-Wan Kenobi.  All other hopes will fall short.  Jesus Christ is our only hope.  Go after that Hope with all you’ve got, and you won’t be disappointed!

    Do you need hope in you life right now?  What are you hoping for today?