NEVER LOSE HOPE

Hope is the anticipation of something good, yet at times we aren’t always hopeful.  Life has a way of zapping all our hope, our decisions sometimes juice us for hope, and our haters come at us with the intent of taking our hope.

Today I am reminding myself (and you too!) to never lose hope.  We cannot get overwhelmed by failed relationships, lack of money, or our mistakes!

We’re all imperfect and will always jack up one way or another, but we mustn’t spend too much time dwelling on our shortcomings.  This will depress us and steal our hope.

Instead we must focus on the good.  No matter what has happened or what we’ve done, we still have something good to look forward to.  If we want to remain hopeful, we must focus our attention on the good.

We must fill our minds with wisdom and knowledge; not junk.  Personally, I believe that t.v. has a way of stealing our hope.  Whether it’s the news or reality shows I feel that too much t.v. can become an issue.  The news can be crime-filled and depressing, while reality shows are so unrealistic that they leave you feeling unsatisfied with your very real life.

We must be attentive to what we’re putting inside of us.  We must use wisdom with how we’re spending our time.  What we see, what we hear, and what we do all have the ability to make us more or less hopeful.

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When I think of hope I think of God.  I think of how much he has done for me and how he has brought me out of tough situations- situations that I placed myself in.  Thinking about those things gives me hope.

I think of how loving and forgiving God is.  I think of how he teaches, guides, and anchors me.  He’s my stability when everything else is shaky- this again gives me hope.

So, I just want to encourage you to NEVER lose hope.  No matter how bad it is, it can always get better.  With God anything is possible and he longs for his people to ‘test’ him with their problems.  Give him a try.

“No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.”  – Psalm 25:3

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