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Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 6:57:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Hope is elusive and something I easily lose sight of. Life is hard at times and bad news is all around us:  in the morning paper, the TV news, a friend that has just been diagnosed with cancer, or a son who is pursuing wrong priorities. Without hope life breaks down into duty and discipline and often drudgery.
 
My friend and mentor Rich Sprenkel, our corporate pastor, reminds me often that we can't trust our five senses. For him this means that we can't make decisions and live our lives based on what we see around us in the natural realm. We live in one world with two realms, the natural and the spiritual. The hopelessness we see around us is always in the natural realm, not the spiritual.
 
I resonate with this definition of hope: "the confident expectation that good is coming". No matter what I see in the natural when I focus on Jesus and spiritual truths then hope begins to build in me.
 
In the Bible hope is mentioned along with faith and love as keys to life (1 Corinthians 13:13). Hope is the general overall optimism that faith puts its roots into. We can't have strong faith without hope, and Jesus is the focus of our hope.
 
I recently heard a new song by Will Matthews that says in part: "So my heart and tongue confess Jesus Christ, the hope of man.... My hope is in you God, I am steadfast, I will not be moved. I am anchored, never shaken; all my hope is in you."
 
My frequent prayer is Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit". Today may the God of hope so fill us that we overflow with hope in a world that is desperately in need of hope. Steve Backlund, a pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, has been instrumental in helping me focus on hope. Take a look at his web site, www.ignitedhope.com.

 

 

 

Comments
What an encouraging word! I've placed that particular definition of hope on my laptop as a daily reminder to focus on truth. Hope - the confident expectation that good is coming.
Rebecca C @ 10:01:00 AM 5/25/2010
I agree Rebecca! This is a great definition and a great way to live life! Thanks for sharingn Doug.
Kathryn Redman @ 12:14:00 PM 5/25/2010

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