Skip to main content

Piece #83 - HOPE

I'm not aiming to sound like a typical "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book, but as the end of this year is upon us; I can't think of any better time to address the one thing most people look for in a New Year...Hope. I've spoken on several topics that directly relate to my Asperger's Syndrome and others that simply are observations in my life, but hope is one of those that will tend to cross over between the two areas and I have addressed in other entries. I have written on topics that generally tend to be sad and negative so for someone like me to talk about something more positive and tying with my Asperger's is a little unusual, but I am a human being and I do like to look at life in a way were victory can be obtained rather than simply falling in defeat.

So I guess the first question could be why in the world is a guy with Asperger's writing an entry about hope when most of his stuff is on suffering and death? I think the best answer I can give is that I see the 'endgame' in life. I realize there is always going to be difficulties in this life, but I have the absolute assurance that my afterlife will be completely different. I guess this is why I feel really bad for those who don't believe in anything because without hope in someone, like Jesus, then the outlook would be bleak to say the least. I can see the dark side of life and how the road can lead to self-destruction, but it doesn't have to be that way. 

I think we tend to look at life in a much darker sense. Our books, movies, television shows, video games have seemed to have taken a gloomier turn in the last several years. Since we were born into sin, we seem to gravitate to these murkier things because we find them interesting and exciting. On the same coin, however, all of this darker media tend to end up being destructive and hopeless. I realize they all try to paint a picture of the 'reality' of life and in many ways it is, but hope can always shine through the darkness if you can just see it. 

Hope is light. If you wonder why so many people claim to be a Christian, it's rather simple...they believe Jesus is the light of the world; that He brings hope to the hopeless. As we start this New Year, maybe the best way to begin is to pray: 1. Confess that you are a sinner and you need help. 2. Believe that Jesus actually came to this Earth and died for our sins. 3. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and ask that He can rest in your heart. If you do this in complete surrender then Hope will rest in you. It sounds real simple, but hard to do. If you really want to start a New Year with a new you, then you need to start with a new heart and new life.

Song of Inspiration [Check it out on iTunes or Android!]:

Song: "Here I Am To Worship"

Artist: Michael W. Smith

Album: Worship Again


Here's a great lyric video of the selected song...








HAPPY NEW YEAR....here is Auld Lang Syne








Popular posts from this blog

Lost Piece #1 - The Gospel Truth

"I know my Jesus, I love Him, and I think if he needed me to believe that homosexuality was a sin, He would have mentioned it. He didn’t. When Jesus said that marriage was between a man and a woman, he was responding to a question about divorce, not sexuality.* And even the Gospels... well, even though they are gospel to me, I accept that they are also interpretations of what Jesus said and did and meant -we don’t have a single written word directly from Jesus. He could have left us something - he could have left another list of rights and wrongs when He came to Earth, but he chose not to." Glennon Doyle Melton - Aug 25, 2013
These words were penned by Ms. Glennon Doyle Melton who is an author and Christian blogger. Back in February of 2017 she announced that she was engaged to Abby Wambach a former Women's Soccer Champion. Glennon had been married to her husband (Craig Melton) for over 14 years before she divorced him due to his extramarital affairs.  Glennon had also o…

Broken Piece #1 - 13 Reasons Why

On March 31, 2017; the steaming service known as Netflix released a new mini series called "13 Reasons Why". This has quickly become one the most talked about series throughout the world. The story is based on the book by Jay Asher where the character Clay Jensen who had a high school crush on Hannah who ends up committing suicide. Suddenly two weeks after her death Clay receives a mysterious package on his porch which contains several cassette tapes of Hannah's recordings explaining the 13 reasons why she chose to end her life.
Within the last few days since the show was released it has created a lot of concern in the mental health, education and youth advocacy groups. Groups have demanded that the books be banned from the school libraries including Colorado, which has had seven teenangers ending their own lives: http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/colorado-school-district-pulls-suicide-book-thirteen-reasons-why-1.3415692 The show claims they had gotten experts to give the…

Broken Piece #2 - Susan Boyle

For those of you who are not sure who is Susan Boyle, she was the second place winner to the show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. She sang the famous song from LesMis√©rables "I Dreamed the Dream". Since the show, Susan had been making guest appearances on a variety of shows and recorded several albums. Susan's first album alone broke several chart-records and was very well received around the world. I believe why she had such incredible appeal was because she was a perfect representative of all the 'regular people' in the world. She didn't come in flashy or striking but, modest and humble. When a person like Susan is thrown into the whirlwind of concerts, parties, media, and money, it's very difficult to stay grounded and not having your own personal world torn apart. Sadly for Susan Boyle, her tiny universe is crumbling. First, she did have a health scare when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that prompted her to lose weight. Second, …