Today’s guest post is by Pete Wilson, founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee—one of the fastest growing churches in America. Wilson is also a bestselling writer, international speaker, and author of the new book, Let Hope In: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever.
There are two very different types of hope in this world. One is hoping for something, and the other is hoping in someone.
Eventually, everything we hope for will disappoint us. Every circumstance and every situation that we’re hoping for is going to wear out, fall apart, melt down, or go away. When that happens, the question then is about your deeper hope, your foundational hope, your fallback hope when all your other hopes have disappointed.
All of Scripture points to one man, one God—not because he gives us everything we’re hoping for, but because he is the one we put our hope in.
How to heal from the pain
For the past year, I’ve been working on a new book I just released titled Let Hope In. I knew from the beginning that this book would fall short of helping people find life-changing transformation if all it did was identify problems, challenges, and painful moments from your past. Identifying these memories from your past alone doesn’t help you. If all you do is remember the source of your pain, then something has gone horribly wrong. Why drudge up the past if you can’t find healing from the pain?
And for there to be real healing, for your past to really become your past, what needs to happen is that you discover, or discern, the lies your memory contains. This is fundamental to your healing—to understand that your past is not really the problem. The real problem is the lie you believed when an event happened in your past.
The truth is that memories don’t hurt us—it’s what we believe about those memories that hurts us.
Free yourself from the hurt
Trusting in the loving care of God regardless of what has happened in my past has been an ongoing process in my journey. And it’s only when we trust his loving care that we’re able to really begin to allow the hope of Christ to shine through us. Yes, hurt people hurt other people. But what’s equally true is that free people free other people. And becoming free starts with being able to fully trust the loving care of God despite what we’ve been through in our past.
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