“Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers” — Psalm 1:1-3
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Spring is a time when we’re filled with hope. In many places, the thaw of spring leads people into more activity, healthier outlooks and new expectant attitudes. As the new shoots of grass and flowers start to show, there is all kinds of potential for a new season of life.
In sports, a new season means players and fans have belief that this could be their team’s year. To win it all, however, the players need to withstand the storms of the season. They’ll need to be strong to endure through grueling trials. They’ll have to remain level-headed in victory and not be discouraged in defeat. Hope is not enough to achieve a winning season. It takes health and intentional actions to actually see hope turn into reality.
In this upcoming season, are you prepared for the storms? Because we can be sure the wind will blow and the rains will pour. Thankfully, we have this great counsel from God’s Word: “Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).
Our hope is victory and peace in Jesus, but that doesn’t come automatically just because you’re a Christian. It comes from being rooted and established — prepared for the upcoming season in all its beauty and trials. Are you ready for a new season?
— Steve Hawthorne, New York Red Bulls chaplain
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