Where are you now? Today, metaphorically speaking, this very minute, are you seated, are you walking, or are you dead? Are you exploring hope or desperation? That, right there, is a literal question. Pose, and think about your most recent actions. Are there traces of hope?
What is hope?
- Wikipedia – Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.
- Dictionary.com – Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or events will turn out for the best.
- Bible.org – In Scripture, according to the Hebrew and Greek words translated by the word “hope” and according to the biblical usage, hope is an indication of certainty. “Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.
It’s a difficult one to describe, isn’t it? When I think of hope, I think of it as an experience and a special possession. Not everyone can possess ‘hope’, and by all these definitions, it looks like hope comes only to a special address, a favourable soil, a fertile ground or mindset.
- First of all hope needs a goal, a dream or a better picture of your current circumstance. If you don’t have a picture of what circumstances have the potential to be, you can’t have hope. Sometimes when people end their life, it’s because they can’t see a better picture of tomorrow, all they see is today, and today, it’s pouring rain! It’s the same for goals, pursuits, relationships and everything else to do with life. As soon as we can’t see a better picture, we die, we abort, we jump ship! People always undermine vision boards, not really knowing that pictures are ‘hope activators’, and that hope decides if you can make your next move, whether you stagnate or progress!
- Secondly, hope needs you to be positive. Think of positivity as a match stick or a lighter. It does not have to be a bushfire, all though as it grows it can go on to be. It does not have to be an all day burst of active energy (no, that’s faith, which is pretty much a lifestyle of action). Positivity within hope can be even one positive thought out of all the negatives. Fears can drive you to a cliff in desperation but a little hope can keep you from jumping. ‘Am broke, without a career, no qualifications…but there can be a turnaround’, adding that one positive thought to your picture, can set things in motion.
Hope is strong, and hard to kill! I think of hope as preservation, and as salt! It can keep a person or situation from going ‘bad’ or ‘stale’, and it can keep you ‘fresh for consumption (change)’. It can add flavour to a bland circumstance.
Just a glimmer is powerful enough to get you an extra mile in your race. You need enough to get you through an hour, or day, or night. Just enough to help you get through…
Hope is a pulse, its one heart beat, and you can never really appreciate the importance of one heart beat until there isn’t one! Aha! Then you realise, without that one heart beat there can be no life! Therefore hope is the hand that holds onto all forms of life. The life of a dream, the life of a relationship, the life of a career…the life of everything!
What do you hope for? What do you hope in? Hope, and hope in the right things!
‘I heard a voice from the other side saying, ‘ Hold fast..as winter turns into summer time, hold fast’… hope a little more..’ (Lyrics from ‘Without you’, For King and Country)
‘This hope (the greatest hope, which is Christ) is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary’ ~ Hebrews