Do you have hope? Hope for the future? Hope for your family?
When we hear a motivational speaker, we are inspired and fed hope. Other times, we can feel just plain hopeless. The society we live in can seem hopeless all the time. But there are ways to find hope, even during the worst of times.
A quick and easy way to find hope in our lives is to ask ourselves, ‘What’s better now about my life from this time last year?’
Has anyone labeled you a ‘lost cause’? That sounds hopeless, but the truth is no one is hopeless.
Take Paul from the Bible for example. His name was originally Saul and he hated the new Christians so much so that he did everything in his power to imprison them and have them executed. No one expected him to become the first missionary in history and an author of much of the New Testament.
Paul also wrote letters to various churches, encouraging them to stay strong in the faith.
In our search for hope, we will be asked to do some difficult things:
- Go back to the beginning
- Go back to your worst moment
- Don’t believe the naysayers
- Surrender to hope
- Watch hope return
To keep hope alive, we must surround ourselves with people who give us encouragement and support when our hope is fading. Those people are sometimes hard to find but it’s very important to find them. Support groups and local churches are filled with people who will be on your side in a healthy way.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11