I often have the opportunity to speak with politicians and local councillors. Some readers may be thinking “poor thing”; but I genuinely count it a privilege. Of course it doesn’t take much to find areas of contention within this grouping especially if conversation ventures into areas of political allegiance or ethics. Nevertheless I usually leave any meeting encouraged. I feel encouraged because without fail every one of them has a deep regard for our county, a sense of obligation to work for its betterment and a joy in promoting it.
It would come as no surprise that I can often feel discouraged too. We, the public, will sometimes speak disparagingly and despairingly about the future of their town. All too often I sadly catch myself drifting into this kind of hopeless talk. Of course it is vital to be honest about the current situations our community faces and yes we do need healthy and critical analysis.
Yet one thing above all is needed to see a bright future. HOPE. Hope isn’t a vague concept. It is the breeding ground of innovative ideas and succesful plans. It is the catalyst for gathering political will. It is the one thing that is needed by you and me to have any chance to live a fulfilled life.
I find that hope is in abundance in the churches of our community. Even as a church pastor my hope is revived every time I mix with my congregation. I urge you to visit church this weekend; you’ll begin to see a brighter future.