The Christian Science Monitor published an article on November 21 on the ’70’s rock icon Buffy Sainte-Marie. (Just an aside, there is nothing scientific or Christian to the religious organization “Christian Science”.) The article titled, “First lady of Indigenous music: Buffy Sainte-Marie on her storied career”. The Cree Indian, with an Academy Award in addition to her long list of musical credits, now in her 80’s and living in Hawaii, continues to make music and still does live performances.
It was her reflections on her time making spot appearances on Sesame Street in the late 70’s that caught my attention.
She realizes that progress is a process that sometimes spans generations.
“What I learned on five years of ‘Sesame Street’ was that there’s always a new crop of 5-year-olds,” she muses. “If you really understand that, you don’t give up hope.”
Ms. Sainte-Marie is not a Christian, but her observation is a good reminder to Christians that as long as there is another generation to train up in the ways of Christ, there is hope for the world. And even greater hope for the world and for us is what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:3:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
Our hope is a living hope fueled by the triumph of the resurrection.
Don’t lose hope. Keep laboring for Christ. We are His and that is every reason to continue to hope in the future. Let’s work hard to pass on the hope of the gospel to the next generation of 5 year olds as long as God gives us 5 year olds to influence. Remember Paul’s words in Romans 15:4: “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Keep reading the Scripture and looking to Jesus for the hope to invest in the future.