Devotion: The Greatest Loss
by Rev. Tom Gray
The greatest loss you can experience is the loss of hope. While losing someone is truly devastating, we believe, as Christians, that the relationship will be restored in heaven and we still have people around who love and care for us. Losing something we value can be heartbreaking, but usually the thing can be restored. But when we lose hope, we lose the capacity to recover.
How do you restore hope? It comes through refocusing. When we focus only on what we’ve lost, or the pain we have, we weld ourselves to that emotion. When we look outside our pain to seek someone, something beyond our pain, healing can begin. Examine your own thinking. Are you stuck in the past woes that break your heart, or are you looking forward to what may yet energize or restore you? I believe that this quest is a spiritual one:
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
Refocusing doesn’t mean that we devalue what we’ve lost. It means that there is greater value in what God has for our future than the losses we have in our past. It’s all in our focus:
“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Your hope can be renewed.