no matter who you are,
where you are
how much money you make is the day when you realized you've lost hope.
Have you ever felt like you lost every ounce of hope you were clinging to?
Grief is painful.
Sickness destroys ... all of these are terrible but I think they pain they offer is often compounded by an abandonment of hope.
If the day comes when you realize you've stopped believing.
When you have convinced yourself you'll never get around that corner.
When you don't believe tomorrow will be better and you realize your hand has let go and released all your dreams.... I think those are the worst days.
I've found, however, that hope is very surprising. Hope has snuck up on me from time to time.
One day, you can fully believe that you were wrong,
that that thing will never happen for you,
that it's not going to get better and
this is as good as it will get and the next moment briefly, seemingly out of nowhere
it dawns on you that
you forgot you stopped believing.
Like a flicker of a light inside your mind calling to your heart.
Don't give up.
You turn your head ever so slightly and let the weight of the moment roll over you. The experience is so foreign to you, you've been kicked down so long, you dare to wonder if it's real.
Well, I want you to know that it is real.
That is the way hope works.
She pops in in an instant and double-dog-dares you to reach out and grab hold.
So friend I say grab ahold. Take you hand, reach out and wrap your five fingers around that four letter world and hold on for dear life.
Listen, there are times in life when we all find ourselves
We can't avoid those seasons.
So when you're lost - nurture hope.
When you're afraid - have hope.
When you're sick - be hopeful.
When you're hurting - hope evermore.
Hope makes all the difference in the world. Do not let go of her. Nestle her in the pocket of your heart if you must but keep her close by.
Hope doesn't disappoint.
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:18 NIV)