Forgetfulness, the enemy of a hopeful life.
How easy it is to allow our present troubles to be the focus of our lives, and how easy it is from there to enter into a loss of hope.
We forget all the good things God has done, both in our own lives and in the lives of others and our hearts fail. Shaun Lambert says:
Jesus also puts remembering at the heart of being a mindful disciple: ‘Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?’ (Mark 8:17-18)
The Greek word here is mnemoneute – to be mindful of, to enduringly remember.
And that’s the thing, if we are to have hope in all circumstances, we need to enduringly remember our calling, which is to follow Jesus, wherever he sends us.
This idea of our calling being to follow Jesus, rather than our calling being the job or whatever, that Jesus sends us to, is very liberating. The idea was one mentioned by the preacher at our church last Sunday.
Its important because sometimes we all find work hard and then we lokat it and think, “what kind of calling is this?” We loose hope.
But if our calling is to follow Jesus… well, every time you truly look at Jesus, how could help but to have hope?
And so today the task is to enduringly remember Jesus to look at him, to gaze long at his qualities… and find hope.