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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

Having hope in God means that you have a vision of what your life can be like based on the words of God. There is no doubt that hope is a vision! You see it in your imagination, inspired by God’s Word and promises you can rely on. Without a vision for your life, it’s hard to move forward — to grow, improve, and develop. That’s what we call despair. Our hope comes from studying the scriptures and from studying people like yourself who have transformed their lives. That’s what we call fresh vision. Motivation for getting up each day comes from these types of encouragement.

There are many older Christians in our community who are amazing in their own right as well as wonderful! They say they are in the twilight of their lives, have already accomplished so much, and may feel like God won’t do anything else in their lives, but I have a word for these people, and that word is hogwash! If this is you, a God of providence has kept you alive for a reason, and it isn’t just to retire from everything. You have the opportunity to show your peers what meaning and purpose can look like if you are an older Christian.

Friend, no matter your age, become all you were meant to be! The older you are, the more experience and knowledge you have. Isn’t it amazing that all your years, months and days have rolled up into this one moment to become the person you are today — the smartest, most experienced, and most knowledgeable version of you! This is your time to achieve your greatest goals!

Prayer


Father, help me become all I am meant to be, no matter what stage of life I’m in.

Reflection


Do you appreciate that today you are the smartest, most experienced, and most knowledgeable version of yourself?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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12 Responses

  1. Thank God for positivity and hope in a dark and unhappy world. Bless you for the joy you share and give the world.

  2. Please pray for all of my children and grandchildren and great grands to turn from the world to come unto you. I pray the Lord Jesus will bless all men of God sending them into the world to preach his name. amen

  3. Oh yes .Most definitely.I really appreciate and believe with all my heart.That I am the most experienced, smartest and most knowledgeable version of myself. There is still enough time for me to achieve all those goals.For example, getting down to riding my stationary bike every morning,And doing other forms of exercise.Brushing my teeth, washing my face, taking a shower everyday,I want to be able to travel,To enjoy the finer things in life.All these things I will accomplish with the help and wisdom of God.To everyone at Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church blessings and good tidings. To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family, Prayers and love, To the choir and musicians along with their directors, messages of appreciation and thanks for the beautiful and uplifting music and singing.As always I remain a faithful and loyal viewer, and a Happy and Wholesome student in Jesus Christ.May God protect this beautiful country.The United States of America

  4. God is an amazing God, me and my family recently moved to a new town and didn’t know what we were going to do. No home no work and God showed how wonderful and merciful he is and gave us a house to rent and gave me a job. We continue to trust in HIM to show us where he wants us. Praise GOD!!

  5. This old guy (only 67), got new tires (re-tired), and is moving forward. I’ve been blessed with music, and although my body is badly damaged, I play and sing with 3 old guys. Tomorrow, we bless a Senior’s home with gospel music and carols.
    I live in a older less desired part of town. We need Christians everywhere. Be light, be love.
    Listen to Hoky Spirit.
    Read Ecclesiastes. We live in most interesting times. Look up. Redemption draws near!

  6. I have lost some hope when my mom passed a year and a half ago. I live with dad, 86, so he can stay at home. I sense he has lost that as he sits all day staring off into I think the past. They had 70 years together. But I can’t figure out my purpose. After he is gone, then what? God has always been with me I know. But how do I envision into the unknown?

  7. I guess I must be in despair. Have a hard time to have a purpose. Now at 76 years old, I have cancer. Trying to figure my way. Sad, no purpose, no energy. Have 2 dogs, or I wouldn’t be here. They need me to take care of them. I gave up on Bible reading as it just doesn’t get me yearning for more. At an impass.
    Thanks for listening.

  8. Thank you for your inspiration of words. It really help me being positive in the time of need. Your devotions really help me. God bless.

  9. Thank you, Bobby, for your words of HOPE, just what I needed this weekend! Yes, I know that God has brought me through these 71 years to bless the students I now have. I retired last year as a special education teacher, but I learned of a school desperately in need of a teacher with my wisdom, skills, and courage to teach these children that God has called me out of retirement to teach. This past week has been the worst teaching days of my life teaching inner city 7th-8th graders who are hurting and refuse to learn – still I know God wants me there! Why? I can’t answer that because who can know the plans God has for our lives? I just know that I am the one who is supposed to be there, teaching regardless of the mean and spiteful behavior some students exhibit. I watched your HOPE message last night @ 12:00 midnight in Michigan and it good to read the same words you spoke last night! I was in the same sorority as your Aunt Sheila which is where I first learned about the Hour of Power 50+ years ago. Blessings to you, your family, your church, and your ministry. I come home from my church to watch your broadcast. It makes for a wonderful Sabbath!

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