Where Hope Sits

Hope always sits within your reach, always.

Hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”

Some days, It’s downright hard to Hope.

One frustrated student joins our math class late most days with little motivation to lift a pencil. Her name is Hope.

The promise I’ve made her is this: I am on your side. I will support you in every way I can while you persevere and grow your skills and understanding. I won’t change my mind about you, decide you are not worth my time, or give up on you. I believe in you, this is my promise. Will you believe me? Will you trust that what I am saying is true? Will you choose to hope?

Sometimes, I feel unmotivated too. Why does it matter? What’s the point?

The promise Jesus makes to me is this: I am on your side. I will support you in every way you need while you grow and learn all I have designed for you. I will not change my mind about you – I completely love you. I will not decide you are not worth my time or give up on you. I believe in you, this is my promise. Will you believe me? Will you trust that what I am saying is true? Will you choose to hope?

This is the ground-shaking promise of a committed God, to me.

And I am reminded:

Hope doesn’t come through believing in myself, my abilities, or that my circumstances will change.

Hope appears when I believe what He says about me is true. Hope is trusting.

Choosing Hope brings change:

  1. It changes how we view ourselves

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come” – 2 Cor 5:17

  1. It changes what we value

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – Matt 6:21

  1. It changes what we do with our lives

“When Jesus saw him laying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, Do you want to get well?” – John 5:6

Hope always sits within your reach, and the brave heart reaches out and opens up to receive it.

Hope reached out and it’s changing her heart. She recently wrote to me:

I believe in myself in this class and I will keep going because I know I can do amazing!

Hope is not the belief that you can change – or your life can change.

Hope is the belief that Jesus can change you – and there is enough for everyone to reach out and take it.

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