Hope is such a strange thing. Normally, you don’t recognize that you have it in your life. When things are going well, when you aren’t worrying about tomorrow, hope seems to be a constant, yet silent, part of your life. It’s easy to be full of hope when you are riding the tide of joy and happiness.
Hope is about expectations and waiting. It’s about being patient at times. Lately, hope has been a difficult thing for me to grasp. Now, I know that I can be a pessimist many times, but I honestly have always held hope in my heart to get through the day. It has become increasingly more difficult to hold hope that closely. I don’t like this fact, and it troubles me quite a bit. Things around me continually get me down, some for good reason, some not. Optimism is a struggle, but I want to have hope. I came across this quote today from William Sloane Coffin. He has increasingly become one of my favorite preachers/leaders/writers.
“Hope is a state of mind independent of the state of the world. If your heart’s full of hope, you can be persistent when you can’t be optimistic. You can keep the faith despite the evidence, knowing that only in so doing has the evidence any chance of changing. So while I’m not optimistic, I’m always very hopeful.”
This is my goal. To maintain a state of hope independent from what may be going on around me. It may not always be easy, and I may not always be successful, but hope is the only option. I wish everyone hope as the go through each and every day.
Grace & Peace,