Every New Year’s Eve and Day the world exclaims, “Happy New Year!” to each other; some shout it passionately at a wild party, while others whisper it politely to a passer-by.
Well, I have decided that I would like the world to stop saying this phrase (do you think they will listen to me?). The word “happy” is really such a small, shallow word, and the world needs so much more! Happiness is over when the party is finished, or when the last bite of dessert is eaten, or when the money runs out, or when the doctor walks in with negative news–on and on.
What the world needs is a “Hopeful New Year.” Hope is not dependent on the outside influences of health, wealth, and the next best thing. Hope comes from within, no matter the circumstances, no matter the trial. Listen to this verse:
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
God’s love in us–wow! I am not alone in my trial; there is no need to fear. Again, because of my faith in Christ, God is with me, in me. Because of Him, I will not be shaken (Ps 62:2). This makes me more than happy; this makes me hopeful. Yes, He promises each of us this:
He who believes in Him will not be disappointed. Romans 9:33
You and I may receive disappointing news this year; but He will be with us as we receive it, and as we walk through it. His word can direct each of our steps–into peace that passes understanding, and into joy that causes others to wonder. Let’s make this declaration is 2010: “In His word I will put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
So I expect to see “Hopeful New Year” on all party hats, plates, and napkins next year. Do you want to help me start the movement? (I’m kidding, but not really). Just tell a handful of people the difference between happiness and hope, and who knows what will happen? Because remember, nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37)