When Hope Doesn’t Come Naturally
I hate being disappointed.
So it can feel scary to get my hopes up or keep hope alive. For example, I’m afraid who I want to win the 2020 election will lose, and I’ll be crushed. So I lower my expectations. I give up too easily on hope.
But who can live happily without hope?
So this year I determined to practice hope when it doesn’t come naturally. I chose Hope as my One Word for 2019.
And God taught me the following lessons. Because ultimately, God is hope personified. With him, hope is possible.
Hope is here to bless us now, not only in the future.
Hope works. Even for scaredy-cats like me.
9 Reasons to Keep Hope Alive
Here are 9 reasons you can keep hoping, too, even when it doesn’t come naturally.
1. Keep hoping because . . . God can show up in anybody you meet.
Cowboy has a book in him. But will he have time to get it out? My own story is enriched by his. You see a different side of God in each life.
2. Keep hoping because . . . you have a safety net.
No guard rails? I was too scared to walk to this lighthouse. Take more risks when there’s a safety net. Christ is your safety net.
3. Keep hoping because . . . somebody needs to hear what you know.
Live too far away from your grandchildren? I’m a rookie. But these tips help bridge the distance between our hearts, wherever they are.
4. Keep hoping because . . . God brings dead things back to life.
When a favorite author quits writing, mourn the silence. But keep listening for God’s voice in new places.
5. Keep hoping because . . . you only have to show up.
I don’t feel qualified to teach them. Should I not show up? But God promises this: If you’ll just show up, he’ll do the rest.
6. Keep hoping because . . . God is in the books.
Let books stretch you. Expose you to new views. Find the beauty and goodness of God in words.
7. Keep hoping because . . . differences don’t have to separate us.
I’d never tried Vietnamese food. Then again, I’d never had a Vietnamese friend. God was ready to change that. Welcome the outsider. God weaves himself between us all.
8. Keep hoping because . . . you’re still needed.
Here’s to the caregivers. We need the healers. Keep doing what you do with your hands. And with your hearts.
9. Keep hoping because . . . love is the whole point.
She can’t say my name. But no matter. Her love is direct. Cut to the chase. Give and receive love.
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How’s your hope level?
Did you choose One Word for 2019? For 2020?
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