The miserable have no other medicine but hope. Nietzsche
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve
The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan Chalmers
Let us consider two approaches or outlooks to life, living in hope or living without hope. It is totally our choice to make. The quality of our life will be dependent upon which we choose. Those who hope always strive for something better; those without hope have accepted their circumstances and live diminished lives.
We see and read articles about the extremely hopeless living in various places around the world. It is a sober reminder of what living without hope really means. These hopeless do not have their basic needs met. It is a vast distance between hoping for food to eat as compared to the hope associated with belief in yourself, of furthering your education, getting another job, or taking actions to improve your circumstances and lot in life.
We are fortunate to not find ourselves as hopeless as so many are. Hope is a relative thing. It has to do with where we think we should or could be, compared to where we are, and to where we think we deserve to be. If we know no better, have no aspirations, no motivation, have nothing driving or inspiring us, we may find ourselves accepting whatever our present circumstances are as permanent and unchangeable circumstances. This applies to many millions of people. Many people have no hope for ever expecting their life to get any better.
A fundamental difference exists between the haves and the have-nots, the doers and non-doers, those who are accomplishing and those stuck in a rut. Everything has to do with hope, expectation, vision, passion, ambition, inspiration, motivation, self discipline and so many more such traits. The element of hope is the foundation for whether or not we accept our present fate or decide to go for something better. If we find ourselves hoping for something better, we are engaging in a powerful mental process that can move us from acceptance of our present circumstances to seeing and even believing that we can find ourselves in a better place in the future. If our hope is powerful enough, consistent and perseverant, it begins slowly and incrementally to change our thought processes and expectations and begins to start moving us toward whatever it is that inspires us to hope. It is our individual responsibility for deciding to live a life of such hope or choosing to live a life with little or no hope.
Challenge: Chances are you were rewarded in the past with things you found yourself hoping for, coming to pass. It may have been a relationship, your family, your job, home, a special vacation or many other things. The things we hope for have an infinitely better chance of happening as compared to not believing or expecting such things can or will ever happen. If you do not believe and hope for them, they probably will never happen.
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
There is a close relationship between hope, faith and confidence. Depending upon the circumstances there can be differences between their meanings. For all extents and circumstances, they are synonymous to each other. Those who have established a right relationship with God are on their way to having an abundance of hope, faith and confidence available to them. The closer they grow to God, the more these strengths can empower their lives.
Prayer: Help me to increasing live my life by faith and not by sight. Help me to believe that I may truly see.