Saturday, November 2, 2013
I know a lot of people that are in situations where there doesn't seem, at the surface, to be much hope, if any at all. As I've gotten older, I've realized that more and more people struggle with hopelessness. Everyone knows how to put a smile on, but we all have our areas where all logic seems to say, "It'll never get better."
I recently heard a man named Micah Wood share that "hope is the simple belief that things can change." Honestly, that statement can be a life-altering one.
You mean this chronic pain could go away?
I don't have to think negatively about myself, or this situation?
You really think God'll answer THAT prayer?
You trying to tell me that behavior could leave this person?
Can I really not fall the next time that temptation comes? It's happened countless times before.
You really think I'll stop reacting like that?
I just can't believe you really think that they will follow through this time--they never have before.
The world tells us to not be hopeful--that's your head in the clouds. Get your feet on the ground. That's a nice idea, but it's just not realistic.
So easily, fear or depression takes grip of your heart when that's what we believe. But God has "not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Love always hopes. It believes the best. That's the spirit we've been given--love. Love, power, and a sound mind.
Today, I'm praying that you will see a renewed spark of life where you're feeling hopeless. Will you join with me? Ask God--He is faithful to give more than we could ask or imagine. Ask Him to renew your hope. It's true. Things can change.