The Power of Hope
The Weight of Darkness
This past week or so I have sensed a heaviness in the atmosphere. The weight of bad news and tragedy is everywhere on the news, but there is also an unseen battle being fought in the privacy of our personal lives. I have heard hopelessness lurking behind people’s words, as well as in the silence of words unspoken. I have seen the shadow in people’s eyes, despite their positive words. Every one of us needs the power of hope right now.
The Power of Hope
Hope is something we can’t live without. It inspires us to move from surviving into thriving. Without hope we can’t dream. Dreaming releases vision for more. When we dream, our imagination paints a picture of who we could be, where we could go. It opens doors of possibility.
There is a proverb in the Bible that says: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life”. When we lose hope, we stop believing in our dreams. As hope drains, so does faith and the courage to change. Without hope, we can’t believe things can be better. I can only perceive what I lack. I need hope to open my eyes to see what could be, and I need faith that what I see is possible. This is how hope and faith connect. There is no faith without hope.
Enter cynicism. Cynicism says that things will never change. “It is what it is”, or “This is just the way I am”, or “This is as good as it gets”. These beliefs, and many more, slam the door on hope. Cynicism causes us to settle. Settle for the familiar ways of coping instead of the risky path of change. As Tony Robbins says: “Change happens when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change.” Change takes courage, hard work, and time. Without hope, we won’t believe that things could be better. Hope ignites our imagination and fuels our faith. It enables us to perceive beyond our present circumstances. Hope gives us the courage to leave behind the status quo of what we know, and move into the unknown of possibility.
At the End of Your Hope?
The truth is, the pain of staying the same is much greater than we want to believe. The only comfort it offers is familiarity. I know it seems easier to stay with the familiar, but “settling” comes at a high cost. I don’t know about you, but I want to keep growing.
Are you at the end of your hope? Has cynicism caused you to settle? What would it take for you open up your heart to hope again? My prayer for you today is that light will pierce the darkness that surrounds you and ignite new hope.