I watched the X factor yesterday and part of their formula is “people down on their luck make good”, much like American Idol. One of the stories they featured was that of Chris Renee. He is fresh out of rehab and hoping for a new start for him and his young son. At one point, he says “Life is too precious to waste.”
Whether this is the right path for him in particular, who can say? Is X-factor exploiting his situation? Probably. However, that is a conversation for another day.
This particular story and that of Stacy Francis touched me because it is good to be reminded that it’s never too late to begin again. Always, we must have hope. For without hope what do we have?
And this got me thinking about our current state of affairs in the US. It’s a tough time. Many are without work. We see the cultural rot, broken homes, neglected children, and the culture of death looms eerily. But yet, I still believe. I still hope. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s going to get worse before it gets better. If that is in fact the case – that instead of better days, worse days are ahead, let us not be discouraged. Let us go forward with hope and with joy. May we be those happy warriors. Despair and misery come not from God but from the evil one. Let him not have the victory. It may be Friday, but Sunday is coming.