Got Hope? Need Joy?

When we are young we think of things that we “hope” will happen when we get older. In my mother’s generation, young ladies had hope chests where things like fancy nightgowns, bed linens and such were placed for the future. You hear that a high school grad hopes to get into the college of their choice. I have a friend who put that word, hope, into perspective for me. He was adopting a dog, a female black Lab (my personal favorite breed), and the name she already had was…Hope. I thought it was a lovely name for her and he had hoped to find a wonderful canine companion, so when he changed her name I was surprised. He said that hope represented something to come, something that wasn’t there as yet so he named her Joy because she was there with him now, his Joy not his Hope. However, I think he might be re-thinking how joyful he feels when she refuses to let him sleep late.

When thinking about hope the first thing that comes to my mind is Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Another translation says, Now Faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things (we) hope for, being the proof of things (we) do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses).

We hope for good health, we hope for our finances to be what we need, we hope that our country is able to pick herself up and dust herself off and keep on keeping on. What is the central thing in all those hopes? That would be YOU. You have to be willing to work for what you hope for in order to see it come into existence. One good example is my son, who had graduated from Georgia Tech where he had hoped to be an engineer. He knew that he was not happy and didn’t really want to do that. He had hoped to be a doctor since he was in the fifth grade and had somehow gotten side tracked. He didn’t complain about it, neither did he get hooked into a job where he would work for the rest of his un-happy life, no, he enrolled in Life University and became what he had “hoped” for. Graduating as the Valedictorian of his class, he became a Chiropractic Doctor! His hopes, backed by his work, led him to his goal. He now has his own Chiropractic Clinic!

Faith is the SUBSTANCE (something you can feel and taste) of things hoped for, faith is the EVIDENCE of things not yet seen. You can do ALL things, how? Philippians 4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.

Don’t be a quitter! A few years ago I was watching my grandson trying to teach his dad how to play “Guitar Hero”, it was hysterically funny, Giles couldn’t get it at all, Gabriel kept showing him over and over, the whole family was laughing so loud the house was rocking, finally Gabriel walked away and said “You can do it dad, just don’t give up”. That is the answer, for me, for you, for us all in life, just don’t give up, doesn’t give in, don’t be a quitter, you can do it!

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