By definition, hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
What are you hoping for? Good grades? A better job? A fancy car? A sexy spouse? Too often we focus on our dreams that we lose focus on life. How often do you hope that God brings someone in need across your path to help? Or hope that you're prepared for tests and trials ahead of time?
Recently, I endured a season where all I hoped for was an escape from my problems. I wanted out. I wanted to be happy, free, and in control of my life. Well, I did not get what I wanted. Instead, I got a wake-up call - my hope must be in Christ. All of it. Yes, you hear that all the time, but it is true! Because my hope was not anchored in the Lord I became overwhelmed and frustrated with my plans not working out.
Let's go back a few years, where my hope was firmly in Christ. I was running for elected office in my hometown, working and studying for the LSAT. I decided to save money, well, I really did not have the money to pay for a LSAT class. I was living paycheck-to-paycheck at that time. So, I taught myself. I was studying and studying yet still seemed to come up short. I wanted a near perfect score. I took the LSAT. And, my hope of getting a 160 did not happen. I was crushed. I was confused. All I knew to do was to cry and keep trusting in the Lord. Long story short, I was accepted into law school, graduated and now I am a licensed attorney in Florida.
The differences in my hope dramatically impacted my feelings, emotions and outlook. I ask, Where is your hope? Are you fully trusting in God?
Hope does not guarantee your desired outcome. Believe me! Hope doesn't ease the pain of rejection, either. Yet, hope firmly anchored in Christ can ensure you withstand the tough storms, failures, disappointments, betrayals, etc. Hope firmly anchored in Christ provides a peace that is unexplainable, yet rewarding!
I understand, you may have severe financial troubles, an indigestible doctor's report, a child that is driving you crazy, a job that leaves you with more grey hair or maybe you're like me and you feel stuck in your current spot. No matter what you're facing- have your hope anchored in Christ. He is the source of the peace, strength, joy, comfort, and wisdom you need to survive the storm.
Your hope is your anchor!
Founder, Always Praying
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