Humans can live without food for forty days, without water for about three days, and without air for about eight minutes. But we cannot survive at all without hope.
Hope is an extraordinary grace that is written on the brow of each of us. Arousing a passion for the possible, hope looks for the good in all people, regards problems as opportunities, and pushes ahead when it would be easier to quit. Hope lights a candle instead of cursing the darkness. Though we sometimes hasten our own failure by abandoning hope, hope never abandons us.
As children, most of us possessed a hardy supply of hope. When we place our tangled ball of string into Mama’s lap, we had not a care or concern that she could sort it out. We believed in magic. Life’s limitations never dampened our hopes. Entering adulthood put us in touch with the “real world.” Tasting fear, failure, and the monotony of daily routines taught us to put stock in “circumstances beyond our control.” We stopped believing in miracles.
Now is the time to rekindle hope. Remember that no situation or circumstances is hopeless if we consider the strength of prayer and the infinite power of God. We need only place our tangled ball of troubles in His lap. Gently. With trust.
As long as we are alive, hope is there, waiting for us to partake in its wonders. Keep hope alive!
Food for thought.
In what areas of my life have I given up hope? What can I do to keep hope alive in my daily life? Is there someone around me who could serve as an inspiration?
-- Author Unknown