From Switchfoot's Stars:

"I've been thinking 'bout the meaning of resistance / Of a hope beyond my own / And suddenly the infinite and penitent / Begin to look like home"

It seems that this life doesn't really make sense without hope. Like the author of this song, I have also been thinking about the meaning of resistance - why we as believers resist things like sex outside of marriage, shortcuts through pain, or serving our interests ahead of others'. We resist these things because we have a hope for something better - the Spirit-life.

With the Holy Spirit is living and moving in us, we eagerly hope and await what God will bring into our lives. We await trials, joys, pain, and triumphs all because we know God will use these things for His Kingdom. More than that, it is the divine dance as we interact with our Creator God. Our hope is being formed in the likeness of His Son.

We do not hope to become "better" people, or really to make the world a "better" place. We hope for nothing less than God's Kingdom to be here on earth, both in the hearts of His children and for the redemption of a lost and dying world.

Quite simply, our hope is life itself. We wait on life to fill us, and for life to be breathed into every part of creation.

...and suddenly the infinite and penitent begin to look like home.