HOPE … we all want it… we all need it.
- When you lose your job;
- When you are struggling with your difficult kids;
- When you’re depressed and wondering why – and nothing seems to help;
- When you are lonely, and it feels like you mean nothing to anyone around you;
- When you get a bad health report from the doctor.
Don’t quit now! It is often hope for a better moment, a better hour, a better day that makes us take one small step forward. Hope is what keeps us moving in the right direction.
Hope: aspiration, desire, wish, anticipation, belief for a refreshing moment, a better day. Do we always have a better day? No, but I find without “hope” in my life, all is lost. Things don’t always turn out the way I “hope” or want them to, but without hope, my outlook on my life gets much worse.
My pastor, Pastor Howard McMinn (of Beaches Chapel, in Neptune Beach, Florida), shared some thoughts on hope these past few weeks:
“HOPE” is “Happy confident expectation of good.” I like that! Heck, who doesn’t like that? Hope is a positive and necessary good in our lives when the world would rather keep us down.
Emily Dickenson wrote:
“Hope is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words – and never stops at all.”
Sometimes all feels lost and dark. But I find it helps when I try to pick myself up and start anew – one small step at a time, or begin again … or hope in something better. Hope is believing that a brighter and better tomorrow is just around the corner.
God’s Word reaffirms our hope:
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” (Lamentations 3:25 – NIV)
Our blessing is coming:
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)
We have those days when we feel like we can’t do another thing for ourselves, let alone our families or friends. Some days feel like all of our energy is spent on just existing. But be encouraged:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promises is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)
HOPE can be ignited like a 4th of July firework. It builds with great anticipation, and when we see it take off – we experience joy as it bursts forth into a jubilant display! Hope ignited – ignites my soul… makes me come alive. HOPE makes me feel like I want to live another day – it is invigorating!
Here’s hoping you all have an awesome week!