Get your hopes up!
I’ve chosen “Hope” as my word for 2017.
A little word that can make all the difference. For me, “Hope” isn`t about positive thinking. It isn`t a wish – Ooh, I hope so! – but a belief. The biblical definition of hope is:
The joyful anticipation of good.
We can always have hope, when instead of hoping in a set of circumstances or a situation, we put our hope in a loving, faithful God.
The Bible talks about a man of great hope, Abraham, who waited decades to see his hope begin to be fulfilled:
When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do… sure that God would make good on what he had said.
How would that make a difference to your 2017, if like Abraham you decided to live not on the basis of what you couldn`t do, but on what God said he would do?
Hope is how we keep going when life gets tough, or things seem impossible. The hope that God has an answer, that it is never too late, gives us the strength to keep going.
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Hope has this strange ability to, while altering nothing, change everything that matters. When facing disaster, and feeling defeated or in despair, a glimmer of hope breaking in means that suddenly how we think, feel, act and pray is completely different, even though the situation is still the same.
Hope enables us to take risks, to dream big and to step up.
And hope doesn’t just affect us – it`s contagious!
President Roosevelt wasn’t the most educated, knowledgeable or intelligent president. However, he had an amazing hope and confidence that was contagious. In meetings with his staff, problems weren’t always solved, but everybody left feeling better – excited rather than stressed, joyful instead of weighed down.
Wouldn’t you like to be that person in a meeting?
When we live with a hopeful attitude, we become women of influence. When we speak God’s promises into situations, we help bring his kingdom come, his will be done. Hope gives us this incredible ability to impact the environment we are in – our family, where we work, our church and our communities.
Roosevelt came to office in the Great Depression, a hopeless time for his country. In his first speech as President he said this:
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
How much truer should this be for us. Our hope is based on the reality that another, stronger, better, kingdom exists, and we belong to it. We are daughters of the King.