Ecc 9:4-5 Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. (Today’s New International Version)
I don’t know if you are aware of who Amanda Todd is but the story of her life, which came to a tragic end will (or at least should) give you food for thought. The video below will give you an idea of her story. I implore you to watch it after reading through these scribblings. Her tragic end goes to reiterate the point of the scripture above. That point is that without hope, life will lose meaning to anyone of us. The question for you and me to ask ourselves is “Where does my hope in life come from?” I can guarantee that if our hope is not rooted on solid ground/ an unshakable foundation, hopelessness will quickly set in and life will seem pointless. I’m careful to use “seem” and not “become” because I know for a fact that life is given for a reason. This is actually not just a fact but the TRUTH. “What is TRUTH?”, one might ask; that is a discussion for another time?
My hope in life derives from my faith in Jesus and I concur with Paul when he says,
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Rom 5:2-5 TNIV)
For our salvation is by hope: but hope which is seen is not hope: for who is hoping for what he sees? But if we have hope for that which we see not, then we will be able to go on waiting for it. (Rom 8:24-25 BBE)
Paul is trying to stress that the kind of hope that the believer in Jesus has is rooted on such a solid foundation (faith in Jesus and the promise of redemption) that even when trials come, they will be able to stand; their life never loses meaning or joy (not happiness) no matter what is going on as they go about living.
Amanda cannot partake of this truth now that she has passed on but you, to whom breath is still granted in this moment, must, at the very least, consider it humbly.
All of this (I speak in hindsight) is rooted in love. 1Co 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. One can posit that Amanda would still be among the living if she had received love rather than everything else that’s contrary; with this in mind, it’s not that hard to determine what the attributes of love are/aren’t.
Here is Amanda’s video she posted in despair a month before her tragic demise on 10 October 2012.
Amanda’s story is not unique. Emmanuel Kagyina from Uganda suffered a similar demise. You can read his story here.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda’s and Emmanuel’s families. I pray that the peace of Christ reigns in their hearts. I also pray for you who is feeling hopeless at this moment.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for your grace and mercy and love. You came to bring salvation to the world. I pray for anyone that might be hopeless in this moment, that you will show them your face and fill their hearts with hope; your hope, your peace, your love. Thank you Lord. Amen