Disney star and singer Demi Lovato seemed like she had everything anyone would ever hope for, but the teen idol was battling a sense of despair and hopelessness so serious that she entered a three-month treatment program to find a way forward. She is not alone. Many people reach a place where they feel “all hope is lost.”
Desperation and hopelessness have reached pandemic proportions. Lovato confessed that she felt plagued by depression since childhood. She was so bullied during middle school that she opted out of public schools and completed her studies at home. It left a scar on her life that fame could not erase. Fortunately, she found help before it was too late. Where can you go to get hope?
Jesus Christ came to give hope to the hopeless. He understands that many people today are living in despair. He holds the key to finding lasting peace and joy. He was so committed to helping people find a way out of their discouragement that He bore our sins on his shoulders when He died on the cross. When we cry out to Jesus, He hears us and offers us a new life.
If you have lost hope, Jesus Christ can bring you out of despair. He will befriend you and guide you forward. It all begins with a conversation, a prayer. If you are ready to make a change from hopelessness to hope, pray this prayer: “Dear Jesus, I am sorry for all the things I have done wrong. I have been so discouraged. I lost hope. Now, I know You can bring me new life. I ask You to become the Lord and Savior of my life. Please renew my hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
- Bill Hennessy