Dum Spiro, Spero – While I breathe, I hope! This latin phrase, and South Carolina motto, was highlighted in our local coop’s monthly magazine. It has become synonymous with New Years to make resolutions for the coming year, and since you are reading (and breathing) we have reason to hope for the year ahead. Remember, God is for us!
Many promises from God show us His heart to bless His people. A favorite verse for many is Jeremiah 29:11 “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.’” God had Jeremiah deliver this message to a people in exile, who were not listening to God’s chosen messenger, and to whom God told them to settle in the foreign/strange land because they would not be returning in this generation. God’s intent was to bless His people, but He once again was calling their attention back to Himself from the false prophets. Israel was still His people, with His blessing and promise, but they found themselves in a troubling place that they did not desire. As a church, and individuals, we have experienced this in the past year; but God has a plan!
Paul knew hard times in his ministry, and faced potential death several times during his life. He did not fear death, and you could say he welcomed it knowing the bliss that awaited him in Heaven. When he wrote Philippians 1:21 “For me, living is Christ and dying is gain,” he expressed the purpose of each Christian’s life while on this earth, to glorify Christ! We glorify Christ while we have breath because we know he brings hope. If you need a motto for 2020, consider “Dum Spiro, Spero!”