As we begin a new year, some of us focus on the possibilities and others focus on the probabilities; some of us hope for the best, and others expect the worst. Part of this is just personality, but religious traditions have a way of shaping these attitudes as well. Does your experience of your faith tradition generally see the world with a spirit of confidence, or does it weigh the world and find it wanting? What spiritual lens does it bring to the great tragedies and triumphs of life today? What do you anticipate in 2016 and why?
What we need is a perspective on our new year that's hopeful, yet grounded in eternal certainties.
Buoyed by the successes the global community has already achieved, and by my faith's call to hope that demands action, I am entering 2016 more optimistic than ever.
Damh the Bard
A list of goals, made on the fulcrum point of the year, are a good map and compass to help keep our ship heading in the right direction.
Christopher J. Hale
Of the three theological virtues — faith, hope, and love — hope is often the one that receives the least attention, left to some vague supporting role, which is often confused with mere optimism.
When Winston Churchill wrote his great works on history he presented it not as unrelated fragments in time, but as a story with meaning and purpose.
If I’m pessimistic, I have good reason as far as I’m concerned. But my faith in Jesus leads me otherwise.
We can choose to bring a full cup or we can choose to bring a vessel of opportunity.
People every day are making conscious, bold, revolutionary decisions to create change in their own lives and in the wider world because they're uncertain of the alternative.
I don't make New Year's resolutions. They promise that life will be dramatically different, that I will be different, and I know it won't and I won't.
Julie Hilton Steele
For every time I trusted God to lead me, letting go of some dreams, stepping out in faith to comment on injustice, God gave me strength to do so and affirmation afterward.