“Study after study shows that when we think we are going to do well at something, we actually do.” -Sarah Marley
I’ve written about “hope” before and the stigma it carries within my heart. For whatever reason, the idea and meaning of the word keep popping up, no matter where I look.
Hope is one of those words for happy-go-lucky people, isn’t it? Or maybe those people who are sitting across from the doctor being told they have three weeks to live? Then you’re forced to have hope, right?
I promise, I AM NOT bashing hope: it’s just something I struggle with. This morning HOPE is starring me in the face and when I try to slip out of it’s presence, it follows me like the unruly shadow in Peter Pan.
Enough of my cinicism! Time to share a sampling of wisdom, blaring from the trumpet of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word:
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5 NIV)
The Notes in my Bible explain: “The believer’s hope is not to be equated with unfounded optimism. On the contrary, it is the confident expectation and blessed assurance of our future destiny and is based on God’s love, which is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and objectively demonstrated to us in the death of Christ.”
The apostle Paul writes about hope being second to “faith” and followed up by “love.” So, through the Holy Spirit, which is our gift from God when we profess our Faith in Jesus, we are able to have HOPE through the LOVE God has already, and continues, “to pour out into our hearts!” (Now Breathe! ….long sentence! Whew!)
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2 NIV)
Often times, I fear the idea of weakness. I think it has a lot to do with how my mother raised me: “You need to be tough, Greta!” She was mostly referring to being tough in the realms of peer pressure and laziness.
My mom is one of the toughest people I’ve even known- by far. She’s 5’1″ (or so- not sure since we shrink with age…;). She looks and sounds like the sweetest person on earth… But that woman is fierce! A school teacher by trade and strait up fierce by nature. My respect and appreciation for her is boundless.
But sometimes I also fear my mindset is a bit ridged and I need to place my fears in the hands of God. I need to STOP trying to be the All-In-One Olimipiad of Strength and Might! Haha- a little dramatic…
Lord, Thank you for your Son and for giving us salvation, love and hope! Please forgive my stubbornness, Father. I pray for the will to turn my struggles over to You and for a softened heart to receive Your Grace and Hope. In, Jesus’ Name Amen
With Hope and a smiling heart,
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV)