“Hope is the anchor of the soul”
Have you ever gotten up and thought, “Nothing good will happen today,” or there are some days when you struggle to get out of bed at all?
Admittedly, in the past two weeks it has been difficult for me to get motivated each day and see a glimpse of hope in the mess that has been my mind. I have had some very vivid and horrific dreams in the past week that have kept me up in the middle of night. My nerves have been shot and some days I am tethering on the edge of what feels like insanity. It is when I get alone with God and pray that my perspective of my days begin to change. I’m able to change my attitude and align my thoughts to what I know is true and somewhere in the midst of the mess, there is hope.
Hope is a positive attitude.
Hope is an expectation that something good is going to happen. We have to keep an attitude that allows God to work in our life and He can only work where there is hope. We need to learn to believe that something good will happen. Some of you are probably thinking, “Well that’s easy for you to say, but you aren’t living my life. You don’t know how I feel.” You’re right, I don’t. Just like you don’t know how I feel too. I’d like to believe though that good things happen to those who wait and in times of waiting we learn to cling on to hope stronger than ever. More importantly, we learn to hold on to our faith. Without faith, there is no hope.
Hope is a decision we make about an attitude we’re going to have that allows God to work in our life.
God’s hope doesn’t disappoint and we have to keep our hope in Him. Some of us instead choose to sit and be miserable. If the door of hope is closed, there is no room for God to work. Satan’s best work is through our hopelessness. Whether through fear, depression, or disappointment, Satan does the most damage when we are at our weakest. God works through us being positive and believing what He says. There is nothing negative about God and His word.
3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
God’s hope doesn’t disappoint, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of Love.
When we find our hope in God, we are able to stand firm and we are safe against the enemy. “Those who have hope for the glory of God, have enough to rejoice in now.” There is always hope with God and He never leaves us stuck in our mess.
Wake up every day and say “Something good will happen today” and practice the habit of hope that something will.
How do you practice the habit of hope in your life?