- September 12, 2017
What Is Hope Anyway?
HOPE is such an overused buzzword in today’s culture that it’s difficult to pinpoint its true meaning. Does the McDonald’s Happy Meal really give hope as their commercial suggests? Does electing a particular candidate ensure hope for the future? Advertisers use the allure of hope to get us to do what they want. But true HOPE is deeper than a consumeristic transaction could ever promise.
What is it really…this HOPE?
I say I have great hope, but I desperately don’t want it to be some kind of pie in the sky, fingers-crossed, wishing. I want to know true hope—hope that is rooted in something real. But more than trying to define something as mysterious and spiritual as hope, I want to explore what it means to live hope…to actually live life fueled, driven, commandeered by, and infused with hope.
Here’s an interview I did on LeSEA Broadcasting’s “The Harvest Show” with Stefan and Valerie
talking about hope, The Messenger book and the new Christmas CD.
As I travel the country, I constantly meet people who are struggling to find hope. Life is really difficult for many people. So many of us feel alone, tired, defeated, broken, and victims of our circumstances. We long to have some light break into our darkness, to experience hope in the midst of our pain. I believe that light can come from a variety of places—from something you read, a phone call with a friend, an inspirational song, a meaningful scripture, a stranger’s kindness, etc. That glimmer of light—however small or large—is the first sight of HOPE and tells a person they can continue. I believe this is something we can help each other with.
The greatest truth, which I believe to be our great hope, is that we are not alone — that God is with us, Emmanuel. Hope says this is not all there is — this pain, this struggle, these circumstances don’t define you. Your story is not finished being written. And in fact, the best is yet to come. With hope comes increased courage, strength, faith, love, joy…I could go on! With hope, you are empowered to go after the life of your dreams. Because this is not always easy to remember, we need to demonstrate this to each other. This is the power of community.
Here’s an interview about hope from the “Real Life” show
on the Cornerstone Television Network.
We are creating a movement of courageous people who are choosing to live a life of hope. Regardless of the circumstances, we believe that hope is always the better option. We invite you to join us on this remarkable journey. A journey of waking up to the life you’ve only imagined.
So…how do you LIVE HOPE?