Practice Hope


Don’t you HATE it when you’re getting ready to take your first flight and someone chimes in while you’re telling your buddy about it to let you know of the ride from hell they took last year?

Come on, give me a break.

And wouldn’t you just like to punch in the face that individual who when they hear about your broken ankle have to tell you how their mother-in-law died instantly of a blood clot one day after she broke her ankle.

Still can’t figure that one out. Why do people do these things?

Don’t they know we are already concerned about the problems in our lives?


And how bout that well-meaning sister who spins a yarn about her divorce and how devastating it was to her womanhood and plans for the future as a response to telling her that you think your husband is stepping out on you.

Why do people do these things?

One of my favorite verses from the Bible is 1 Thessalonians 5:11;

Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

I love this verse because it presupposes that as the children of God we are using our resources, our talents, our money, and our service and conversations with others to build the kingdom of God, not tear it down.  That is exactly what we should be doing, so every minute we spend doing it is a minute well spent in God’s house.

Today, instead of distancing yourself from others, or pushing them away, or having a pity party, or worst of all, talking about all the things that are wrong with your life, balance some of that out with the good stuff.  Share your experiences, yes. We don’t want a bunch of fake Christians walking around making life seem like a no-brainer or an endlessly enjoyable carnival, but neither do we need believers putting on a dour mask and parading through town emulating those with no hope by virtue of their defeated demeanor.

We have hope!

Above all creatures of the earth, WE HAVE HOPE!!! 

Share your hope today.

Be a beacon of hope to others.

Remember your own hopeful times of the past.

Project hope into someone’s future.

Don’t be silent, but don’t moan and complain, either.

Be hopeful.

Live hopeful.

Ooze hopefulness.

Change despair into hope through your presence.

Jesus is the hope of the world, and worlds beyond our world. Focus on Him, and live in hope–then pass it on.

When have you been most in need of a little hope?  Where did you find it?  How have you shared it with others?



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