A future with hope! Isn’t that the real motivation for our New Year’s resolutions? We make them thinking, somehow, we can make things better in at least one area of our life in the coming year and that gives us hope!
God used the Apostle Paul greatly both in his earthly ministry planting churches all across Eurasia and in his divinely-inspired writings. 2 Corinthians 1:7 is one verse that comes to mind that helps us understand the source of hope, And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
Interesting that Paul was not just suggesting, but declaring, that there is something communal about finding and living in lasting hope. It is more than just an isolated decision to have a stronger will. We remember Paul also sharing in Galatians 6:2 that it is as we bear one another’s burdens we live and fulfill Christ’s mission. At first blush that sounds like it is simply an act of compassion, but I think it is deeper than that.
Bearing one another’s burdens is an act of compassion AND an act of accountability. Both are fueled by an underlying motivation of God’s love. This is what it means to love like Jesus and this is what it means to really live out loving God and loving people.
If you really want to succeed in making things better next year, then you need to invite two people to join you in the journey. The first is the triune God manifest in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the other is someone who loves you enough to offer both compassion and accountability. Those who travel this life with God and an accountability partner are never without hope!