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I’m not sure how clearly it comes through in my writing, but I am a fairly moody person. It is not unusual for me to wake up feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Maybe something didn’t go right yesterday. Maybe an important relationship is feeling a little strained. Maybe life isn’t working out as I expected. Whatever the cause, it can lead to mornings – and if I am not careful, the rest of the day – feeling let down. (Charlie Brown has always made perfect sense to me.)

Some of my goals in life are to always be happy, always be sure, always be confident and excited about what I need to do next. But, apparently, these were not Jesus’ goals.

Having the right amount of hope is important: too much, and you are heading for disappointment and disillusionment, maybe despair. Too little, and you are already there!
 
Looking back over the ups and downs of my life, I can see that I have been “in the ditch” on both sides of this road.

What is stronger, a New Year's resolution or a slight inclination?

In the world of sports, winning a championship can have a delayed impact on a team’s fan’s, especially when the team was not really expected to win: there is a minimum of hype, and then, suddenly, “What? We won?!” For days, there will be unplanned smiles and texts to other sports fans.
 
I wonder if this is what it was like for the earliest followers of Jesus.