Hope is a word that is constantly thrown around without authentic substance, particularly in the area of pop culture. Political campaigns, song titles, t-shirts…All saying a word so many times in such an indirect way that it is becoming muddled and disconnected from its essence.
What does it actually mean?
“The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” – Dictionary.com
Don’t we desire that to be true? Deep down, in the deepest parts, don’t we hope that life will turn out right, that we can still dream, and that God hasn’t forgotten about us? If we can be gut-wrenchingly honest with ourselves for a moment, don’t we all hope for something better, even if we don’t show any signs of hope on the surface?
Breathing is incredible. I know…Deep thought. But seriously, wherever you are and whatever you feel, take a moment to let this truth settle in your soul: you are alive, blood is pumping through your veins, and breath is in your lungs. As long as we live, there is hope.
Hope is what we are invited to experience in our present moment as we move towards the uncertain future.
Hope catalyzes dreams into reality. Without hope nothing of any importance would ever be accomplished. Who starts a project without having hope that it will actually be completed? Who invests years towards an education that has no hope of yielding a return? Who seeks after God if there is no hope that He even exists?
Hope is essential to our present reality in order to move us towards the unknown future.
Hope awakens our souls to the truth that, despite our present reality, tomorrow has such great potential, such wonder. Hope cannot be taken from us without our permission, regardless of the loss or failure we may suffer along the journey of life. Hope says, “There are joys yet to be known, healing is available, friends can still be made, God is closer than He feels, and life still has purpose beyond the pain.”
What if we began to hope for better things? Imagine what life would be like if we fully lived, hopeful in our present circumstances, full of high hopes for tomorrow.
I’ve wasted too much time dwelling on what is broken and lost. As long as we breathe, there are so many reasons to hope, to dream, and to fight for life. I’m so sick of losing myself in the fears of an unknown future instead of embracing hope for the beauty of life waiting to be experienced.
I have high hopes for tomorrow and because of that, I can breathe today knowing that I don’t have to have it all figured out. One day at a time, one moment at a time, one dream at a time…Constantly full of hope.
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans 8:24-25