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A Prose on Hope



It’s another new year, and a word that keeps coming to mind is HOPE.


Hope for our children, hope for our families, hope for the future. Hope is the desire or expectation of something better in the future. It is an optimistic state of mind based on an anticipation that events will turn out positively in one's life and in the world at large.

Hope gives us a reason to wake up every morning and live through the day. Hope makes us face our fears and take on new battles. Hope brings refreshing after difficult encounters and increases our resolve to win. Hope gives us wings to scale new heights.

To have no hope means to live in self-pity, dejection and despair which leads to anxiety, depression, and then an unwillingness to even live. We must have hope because hope makes us

Hold

On

Purposefully

Everyday

Hope builds RESILIENCE - "Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." Lin Yu-tang

A verse from the bible aptly describes the benefits of hope, “This hope does not put us to shame or disappoint…” (Rom 5:5). The hope the Bible talks about here is not just wishful thinking based on happenstance, but an assurance, a certainty that things will indeed turn out well. It is Hope based on God’s faithful and consistent promises.


HOPE is

Holding

On to

God’s Promises

Everyday


For instance, in Jeremiah 29:11. God promises, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

and in Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”.

Yet again in 1st Peter 5:10, And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Now, these are either very verbose, boastful, bogus words, or strong, dependable pledges from someone who has the clearly has the potential to deliver. I choose to be like Sarah, and trust the latter.

…….. Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. (Hebrews 11:11)

God is faithful, and He will not just help us build up hope, He will also ensure that our hope does not disappoint.

This year, build your hope in God’s promises and be determined to live purposefully and resiliently every day, encouraging your children to do the same.

Have a most productive year ahead.

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