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Hope, Resilience and 2022

Recently I learned about an interesting experiment that teaches a powerful life lesson. In the early 1950’s a scientist by the name of Dr. Curt Richter, placed rats in a cylinder filled with water to see how long they would tread water. Most paddled for about 15 minutes, then began to fail. As they saw the rats beginning to succumb, they took them out one by one, dried them off, warmed them up, let them rest for a bit, then put them back in the water. Much to everyone’s surprise, they paddled, and paddled and paddled for an astounding 60 hours! The scientists concluded that because the rats BELIEVED they would be rescued, they pushed themselves way beyond what they thought possible.

This year has been hard. 2020 was hard too, and I have a feeling that life is not going to get any easier in 2022. So many are hurting, so many are suffering unimaginable losses. Its not just COVID, it’s the state of our country and our world, devastating weather, economic challenges, and unprecedented numbers of people who unhappy, unhealthy, scared and confused. We live in a difficult time, and we have survived and yet, I believe there is still much more to come.

I am grateful for the knowledge that I have that “good wins.” That as difficult as our lives might be, there is hope. I am grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, in whom I have found peace, direction and understanding. Belief in Him has given me strength beyond my own, many times. He is the reason I have hope. He is the reason I keep paddling. We can endure anything, believing in the end, we will be rescued.

So bring on 2022. I am committed to look for and strive to be a force for good in this world. To each of you who are struggling, hurting and ready to give in, to those of you who are living in fear and uncertainty of what might come next, please know that regardless of the turmoil swirling around you, you can find peace in Christ. Belief in Him will change everything. ComeUntoChrist #thechosen, #hearhim, #lighttheworld