“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this”… Lamentations 3:21
Have you ever been at a point in your life where you wanted to give up? Deep inside you felt like you were beginning to lose hope because what you’re currently experiencing seems overwhelming. You’ve cried many tears and just the thought of trying to put the pieces of your life together has you at a loss for words. As time goes by you find yourself constantly wondering, “How did I get myself into this?” or “why me?” You’re constantly reminiscing about how things use to be before you made a decision that you’re constantly regretting. Although things may seem hopeless sometimes you have to look up and remember that there is someone (Jesus) moving and working things out for you even when you don’t quite understand.
It’s not always easy to deal with the hurt and the pain we experience. Sometimes we tend to sweep it under the rug and allow it to sink deeper and begin to manifest in different parts of our lives. Sometimes we don’t realize that our failure to deal with the hurt and pain we experience only add to sense of hopelessness. Imagine how different things would be if we really took time to deal with the pain we’ve experienced and took time to find the help we needed. How different would our life be?
Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. What things are you hoping for? What things can you do now to get yourself to a place of hope? Will you dare to hope despite what you are currently facing?
Tips on How to have hope:
1.) You need faith
Fatih is having complete trust or confidence in someone or something. If you’re a christian your faith is in God and you truly believe that He will do everything that He has promised. It’s not always easy to have faith because sometimes what we are experiencing is constantly stealing our attention. But you can’t have hope without faith. You have to truly believe and have expectation for something greater to happen.
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. “
2.) You need continual growth
Our goals should be to never stop growing. Every season of life that we experience presents us with the opportunity to grow. John Maxwell said, “Growth is the only guarantee that tomorrow will be better.” In order to maintain hope we have to continually grow and focus on getting better. If you are at a place in your life where you feel hopeless could it be that you’re not growing as a person? Growth doesn’t happen on its own we have to be intentional and create and environment so that we can constantly grow and develop.
James 1:3 “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”
3.) You need to take action
What good is it to have the faith and expectation for something, if we are not going to take action and go after it? If we truly believing for God to do something we can’t just rely on faith we have to put in the work and go after it. If we are looking for a job and believing that we will get a good job but we don’t take action and fill out applications, how is getting a job possible? Our faith must be complimented by action.
James 2:17 “So, too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead.”
I hope this really challenges and encourages you to dare to hope despite what things may currently look like. Seek healing from your hurt, have faith, continually growth and take action. There is hope for you.
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