Twice in my sister’s life, someone has told her, “You remind me of hope.” Her life embodied a spiritual principle that people noticed. She even received a gift of the word hope framed for her wall from one of those friends.
What a curious and wonderful thing to have one’s whole life remind others of some Great Thing! I thought of that catalogue of fruits of the Holy Spirit in which hope finds company but isn’t listed: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. I thought of wonderful things like mercy, grace, and blessing.
Could my life ever remind someone most of one of these? Which one? Could I be a living representation of what God had worked most deeply into me? For my sister, it’s Hope.
I thought about this all afternoon. For me, I think of God working His joy and transformation in me. So maybe what I could remind people of is how He makes people new and fills them with joy! This excites me for 2017!