Hope

2006 073Believing that things will turn okay, not giving up, expecting good things

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty. David Hume

In all things it is better to hope than to despair. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I am prepared for the worst but hope for the best. Benjamin Disraeli

The opposite of hope is worry, despair, pessimism and despondency. The thought of such words are gloomy and depressing. We can go through live inspired with hope or uninspired and even hopeless. Without hope there is little to live for or to aspire to. This should be such a no brainer. It is much more preferable to have something to live for. As long as we have hope, there is always the possibility for a better tomorrow.
Those without hope live in misery. Victor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, wrote how those in Nazi concentration camps who became hopeless died. Those who found reasons to hope tended to do what it took to survive. There are places in the world where there is little reason for hope. This is especially true in parts of Africa. How foreign and desolate such places must be. Those without hope have little incentive to live and many die early of premature deaths. We should always be very concerned when anyone around us suddenly seems to have given up hope. This is a red flag warranting attention. It is basic and fundamental that we must have something to life for to function even on a marginal basis. Some who are without hope commit suicide.
“Hope springs eternal”. There should be an endless supply. As long as we have hope we are motivated to do better, try harder, and go forward. The more we hope, the more we are inspired, the more we have something to believe in, the more energized we become. It is an elixir that empowers us to take on life with vim and vigor. Without hope we become physically and mentally malnourished. Many seniors start to seriously decline as they lose or give up hope or when losing something to live for. They lose their spark.
It is easy to take the concept of hope for granted. We do not miss it until it is gone. When we suffer a set back and temporarily lose sight of it, life does not seem so good. Whenever this happens, it is important that we re-establish our hopes and dreams and get going again. Having hope is a vital ingredient and driving force in our lives. We should be aware of its power and should nurture and encourage it. As long as we have hope we can look to and expect brighter tomorrows.
Challenge: What are the things you are hoping for? These are things that you believe in and are inspired by. Imagine what your life would be without these things to inspire and energize you. Give your hopes and dreams higher priority. Be inspired. Look to tomorrow with hope and optimism. Look for opportunities to encourage others to have hope. Having hope is a wonderful thing. It makes for a much better world.
Wisdom: The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan Chalmers
Spiritual: (NIV)
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31; 24

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5:5

Hope does spring eternal: at least it should if we have a right relationship with God. Hope and faith go hand in hand. We have hope because we have faith. Our faith is in turn strengthened by hope. Believe that God is holy, sovereign, loving, just, kind, righteous, generous, all knowing, patient; that He is in charge and most importantly He loves us. This should inspire us. It should fill us with hope and faith. We should not fear or doubt?

Prayer: Because of You there is always hope.

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