Keep Your Chin Up!

13 Jun

Wrinkled Frowning WomanOur humorist friend, Rhonda Rhea, wrote on Facebook:  “Putting on my makeup this morning, [and] realizing concealer is no longer cutting it. Now moving to ‘consoler.'”

A Facebook friend added, “Uh huh … I now use grout.”

I (Dawn) had to laugh when I saw this photo. Imagine waking up to that sour look every morning! But I love “aging” humor ~ I figure it’s better to laugh than to get upset.  I mean, if we frown at our reflection in the mirror, we’re just going to make more lines, aren’t we? Who wants that?

Though I work (occasionally) on my sagging frame, I’ve noticed that I don’t hold in my stomach any more, no matter who walks in the room.

Rhonda’s blog, titled “Rhonda Rhea Hilarity and Hope,” feels like a sister-blog to this one, and she is indeed hilarious when she writes about women’s struggles with their bodies!

Rhonda wrote, in “Juggle the Jiggle,” ~ “…I have to admit that keeping my chin up is a lot more challenging now that I have more than one. You know, more than one chin….”

But then Rhonda takes on a more serious tone.

“In truth, though, keeping your chin up is not so much about where you keep your chin ~ or ‘chins,’ as the case may be,” she said. “No, it’s not about the chins at all. It’s about the eyes. Keeping our eyes on Jesus, focusing on everything eternal, will bring us right back around to everything that’s truly positive ~ everything that will always truly count.”

Rhonda is so right. As I get older, I know that my eyes won’t get much worse (finally), but my spiritual eyes can certainly improve. God wants to bring eternal things into focus and change my perspective.

Rhonda, Pam, and I all have a strong HOPE-focus, because we know the God of Hope personally, and He wants to lift our spirits as we trust Him and believe His Word. Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Isn’t that what you want? To be so full of hope that it overflows into other’s lives?

You can have overflowing hope because God loves you and you are accepted in the Beloved ~ accepted in His Son. It’s not that God offers us hope, but that He is Hope! It is part of His inherent nature. There is no hope for salvation apart from Jesus Christ. We were given hope when we became a part of God’s family (Romans 8:24a), and we only know the God of Hope because of Jesus. 

The present hope that springs up in us comes directly from God ~ it is a gift. And when we need it most, we find it doesn’t fail us. Hope is found in the presence of God within us ~ in “the power of the Holy Spirit,” Romans 15:13 says. And then He gives us the “blessed hope,” the “hope of glory” for our future in eternity (Titus 2:13; 3:7; Ephesians 1:11-14).

Are your circumstances really tough right now? Are you struggling with finances? Are you Cat: Keep Your Chin Up!tempted to give up in fighting a habit or addiction? Has someone failed you? Keep your chin up, Friend … looking heavenward and focused on Jesus. When we place our hope in the things of earth, they can fail us, but God’s love for us will never fail (I Corinthians 13:8a).

God’s hope is infinite and boundless, but also personal. He is YOUR God of Hope.  The first blessing the God of Hope gives you is the joy of the Lord. How can we not be filled with joy when we remember how we were pardoned, and how God is engaged in our lives. He has great things planned for us!

The second blessing we receive is peace in believing (“peace as you trust Him”). It is the peace that passes all human comprehension, and it flows from our friendship with the Savior. He is our peace (Colossians 1:20; 3:15). And then, we abound in hope. We simply rest in God’s grace and goodness toward us.

The scriptures exhort us: “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:24)

So, no matter how seemingly hopeless your circumstances, Friend, keep your chin up … hope in God!

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