Play it Again: I Choose Hope

Daisy in grass

Originally Published June 2008

There is a lot of bad news out there. Sometimes, being on the internet so much, I can tend to feel overwhelmed by all that I read and see.

One site in particular has really been getting to me lately, with what I feel is a particularly negative, hopeless and humanistic approach. If I were to listen only to that site, I might really be struggling to find any hope at all, in the midst of so many dangers and cautions and conspiracies and the like.

Perhaps you are like me, and feel that you are doing your very best, as you continually seek to improve aspects of your health and nutrition, avoid dangerous foods and products and toxins, and still find balance in your life. Yet we are daily being told that it is not enough!

I can't do it all. I know from your comments and emails that neither can you. 

There is much fear mongering in the area of health information and education, and it is truly unfortunate. Much of it is used to manipulate us and/or convince us to part with more of our money. Some of it is well intentioned and I believe sincerely offered out of compassion and care. But yet, discerning between the two can be nearly impossible, can't it?

In general, there is a serious lack of hope in all of the hype and claims and new discoveries and all of the things that we must do in order to be "healthy". 

But what good is it all anyways? So much of the information out there is self-help or self-actualization or even heal-thyself-because-god-is-within-you garbage.

There is a vast difference between careful and conscientious stewardship, and believing that you are capable of turning everything around and creating perfect health for you and your loved ones. One is God-focused, and the other is me-focused.

Let's face it. We live in a sin-burdened, broken-down mess of a world. No matter how healthy or green or natural we may become, we all share the same end, and that is physical death and an eternity either with God or without Him.

Pursuing health and natural living is not the ultimate goal. They are merely tools that can be used to enable us to live more in harmony with the creation God has so lovingly given us to have dominion over, to steward it and to preserve it for future generations, and to experience more energy and vitality in these incredible bodies that He has designed so that we may be more fully able to minister to others and seek His kingdom, and nothing more!

Where is our hope then, in the midst of so much brokenness, despair, sickness, and confusion?

It cannot be found in this diet or that supplement or in being healed of this ailment or avoiding that toxin.
Any and all hope that we could ever desire to find can be found in nothing but the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is only in the real salvation and healing of our souls that Christ alone offers (as opposed to the counterfeits offered by the world)  that we can and should place our ultimate trust. 

I do not long for a day when I am able to cook perfectly of completely naturally produced food, and rid my home of any toxins, or when I have abounding energy and feel free of all sickness or disease. I do not long for cleaner skies and seas, a reduction in landfills, uncontaminated soil or pure drinking water.

No, I long for something far, far greater. 

I long for the day when my Savior returns on the clouds, and with the resounding of a trumpet call, draws me home to be with Him forever. I long for an eternity where the truest healing awaits- no more sickness, no more death, no more tears, no more sorrow (Rev 21:3-5).

And so as I walk daily through this world in which I am merely a stranger and an alien, I choose hope. Not in what Dr. Mercola or Nourishing Traditions or Weston Price (and certainly not Keeper of the Home) have to say. 

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. 

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Robin in Washington says:

    AMEN sister!

  2. oh, I LOVE this. thank you so much for pointing us back to where true hope is to be found. brought tears to my eyes … the good kind :)

  3. I too, agree with the over-all context of which you write, and the comments posted.

    However, I believe that we are given authority here to rule as Christians, and that much of what is ‘evil’ is in proportion to what we haven’t used our authority over. Yes, it is because there is sin in this fallen world, but the power within me is greater than that which is in the world.If I don’t exercise or use that power as He has commanded, then I am not effecting the world for His glory as He has instructed.

    I also believe that if whatever we read is bringing condemnation or a spirit of fear or death into us, then it is not for us to continue to read. We need to evaluate whether it is sourced from the Truth which brings us abundant life, or from the adversary which comes to steal, kill & destroy.

    Yes, our eyes ought to be solely on our Savior, and through that intimate relationship He can spur us on to which area He wants us to change in our lives, whether its a pro-life issue, growing an organic garden for our family, or picking up garbage in the parklands with our dc. Faith without works is dead, but so are works that are not directed by the Holy Spirit.

  4. Please Pray for me and my family. I am a christian and so is my household. I recently was threatned by my mother. Not taking care of myself and my children. Which is the completely opposite. I have been falsely persecuted by her on silly things and serious things. Pray! Pray! Pray! This article that you posted today kinda went along with what I am going through. We need wisdom on how to respong, peace and miracously to love and bless her in the midst of this persecution and trial. Thank you for your prayers for anyone that sees this comment.

  5. GReat post! Thanks so much for sharing. It can be so easy to get caught up in trying to do everything (healthy living, etc.) perfectly that sometimes we almost forget the One who has everything in His control. I still want to do my best but I certianly don’t need to stress or worry, I just need to seek Him!

  6. I LOVE how you’ve worded this. Thank you, and I’m sharing this with everyone on my blog list.
    Thanks again

  7. I remember reading this when you first posted it, and I loved it then, and now. I agree you should have this available as a re-post again and again! :) Thank you

  8. Thank you for sharing this. We need to have an eternal perspective always before us which sometimes gets lost when we spend too much time focusing on any issue, including nutrition and healthy living.

  9. You should play this post again and again and again. Such an important reminder. Could I link this on my blog?

  10. This kinda pricked my conscience. . . am I choosing natural living as a ME focus, or a GOD focus? As an identity or as an act of worship? I’ll probably link back to this blog post in the coming week, since it’s now got me thinking. :)

    Thanks!

  11. I’ve been following your blog about 6 months & did not see this post when you put it up originally.

    Over all, i agree with you. I long to be with my Lord & that IS my ultimate goal.

    However, seeking to live in a manner that utilizes the gifts we have been given & to long to be in his presence are not mutually exclusive.

    I’ve been following your blog long enough to believe that you feel this way. My comment is prompted by my knowledge of the way many folks think. I know a number – a LARGE number – of Christians who believe that because God is eventually going to destroy our earth that we have no responsibility to work to protect it. I see people use this as an excuse not to be more responsible with our resources. I’ve heard folks actually say, “God’s going to destroy it, it is not our focus to preserve it, we need to be getting ‘people saved.’” Too many Christians see “stewardship” as related to money & money only. Quite frankly, i believe it is sin the amount of paper/plastic trash my own church produces every week in the name of fellowship.

    I do agree with your post, however, in that while we may strive to do better in managing resources, our longing is to be for Jesus. And i echo you:

    Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

  12. Wow, thank you for this post. I want to print it out and read it often. It is all too easy to put our hope somewhere other than Christ. Thanks for the reminder that He is everything.

  13. Wonderful!!! I say often that my hope is not built on politics, who’se president, the economy, the environment, etc….It is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ!!! Yahoo!