Resolutions of hope

Posted Jan 15, 2014 | The Discipleship Project

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By Maggie May Archibald


Maggie May ArchibaldAs I write this we have just celebrated the beginning of another New Year. For me, the beginning of the New Year is very similar to the beginning of seminary. When I first began seminary, I was excited for what this new chapter of my life would bring. I was filled with hope about my future and education. I was looking forward to meeting my new classmates and future colleagues.

Much like New Year's resolutions, some of my hopes and dreams for seminary have come true, and some of them have shattered. I would like to believe that those dreams that have fallen short were simply because they were too big to begin with. Sadly, this is not the case. These dreams and hopes have been broken because of other people who have chosen to use their power to further themselves and their personal goals with no regard to how that impacts those around them.

In the same way, however, the dreams that I had which have been realized are certainly not only because of me. At seminary I have found some professors who are willing to go far above and beyond their job description to ensure my peers and I get a quality education. I have been fortunate enough to meet some friends who encourage me, who help me to realize my dreams, and whom I cannot wait to see in churches because I know they will do great things.

Though many New Year's resolutions generally do not last the year, there is something which springs forth at this time which we can hold on to for the whole year. That something is hope.

It makes sense that we feel strongly hopeful at this time of the year since we have just spent the four weeks before Christmas focusing on our hopeful anticipation of Jesus' birth. This sense of hopefulness is something which we should hold onto throughout the year, but that can be incredibly difficult to do. Throughout our lives we have all experienced dreams which have fallen short and dreams which have been fulfilled. Though it is sometimes easier to remember to remember our failures, we must remember our accomplishments as well.

One of my resolutions this year is to remain hopeful even in times of difficulty. One of the ways in which I remind myself to be hopeful is by turning to scripture. Hebrews 6:19 provides us with the beautiful image of having hope as an anchor for our soul reminding us that hope is sure and steadfast. This imagery reminds me that even with all the challenges of life and school I can always find hope within myself, especially if I have difficulty finding it elsewhere. So, despite the adversity that I may face at school, in life, or in church, I choose to remain hopeful throughout 2014, throughout the duration of my time at CTS, and throughout my life.

Maggie May Archibald is a member of the first cohort of The Discipleship Project. She is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

The Discipleship Project is a groundbreaking approach to theological education at Christian Theological Seminary that is inspired by Jesus’ pedagogy in the New Testament gospels. To request permission to repost this content, please contact centerforpastoralexcellence@cts.edu.

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