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HOPE: A LIGHT BRIGHTER THAN DAY

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As the Covid-19 pandemic threatens people’s objectives, aspirations, and visions, HOPE is vital. Many lose their jobs, school admission opportunities, businesses, relationships, loved ones, etc. that consequently turns to anxiety, stress, and pessimism. On the verge of hopelessness, the world deceives us that there is no way out. That leads to the pitfall of suicide. Aside from the deaths caused by the virus, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported a 57 percent increase in the country’s suicide rate in 2020 compared to 2019. The aftermath remains inside the dark whereabouts of the global pandemic. 

The question is, ” Are we going to stay in the downside of the circumstances or move with the hope of better days tomorrow? “

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

Hope, a four-letter word that perseveres despite any circumstances. In the psychological literature, hope has been distinguished as a character strength, an emotion, an element of motivation that is crucial to goal achievement, a mechanism that enables dealing with loss, disease, and other significant pressures.

Furthermore, the religious setting speaks of hope in a sense, not simply wishful thinking or want, but expectation and faith in our desires. The apostle Paul says a Christian has an earnest desire for the glory of a joyful life promised by God; He has a confident expectation of obtaining it. The result of that hope is that we are sustained in our afflictions by that “future look of confidence.”

According to Rom 4:18, Abraham’s hope got him through 25 years of waiting and hardship – when that hope faded at times was when he got messed up bad! When his hope and confidence in God was strong, Abraham accomplished the impossible!

Even in these trying times, there is always a reason to hope. It is the one thing that can help us get through the darkest times. 

John Maxwell, an American Author, states in his book: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn, There is immense power in hope, it sparks transformations as we work on our desires. 

WHAT DOES HOPE DO TO US?

Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest. 

Hope motivates when discouragement comes. 

Hope energizes when the body is tired

Hope sweetens while bitterness bites. 

Hope sings when all melodies are gone

Hope believes when evidence is eliminated. 

Hope listens for answers when no one is talking. 

Hope climbs over obstacles when no one is helping

Hope endures hardship when no one is caring. 

Hope smiles confidently when no one is laughing. 

Hope reaches for answers when no one is asking. 

Hope presses toward victory when no one is encouraging. 

Hope dares to give when no one is sharing. 

Hope brings the victory when no one is winning. 

-A poem by John Maxwell from “Think on These Things”

The level of hope one has is directly proportional to his courage to believe that life is worth living for.

Those who happen to experience distress are more likely drained and have no energy but because of hope’s mystery, there is a stimulus that boosts it. 

In addition, hope goes along with one’s plans and yearnings. When one is hopeful, he is looking and moving forward. That is putting aside stagnancy and welcoming elevation.

If one embraces hope, it becomes his greatest weapon for making progress in different aspects of his life. 

HOW TO CULTIVATE HOPE?

by John Maxwell

 To Hope is a choice. One has the authority to decide whether he hopes for great things ahead or become a moribund individual who doesn’t even try.

Change of Thinking. Focusing on Hope. Negative thinking isn’t something one has to put up with. Learn from mistakes and believe things will improve, and never give up.

Accomplish small victories.  Positive thinking comes with positive doing. Every big triumph starts with a gesture though small. Taking a step in achieving the desired goal can eventually lead to attaintment.

“Never lose faith in yourself, and never lose hope; remember, even when this world throws its worst and then turns its back, there is still always hope.”

-Pittacus Lore

One may feel down during this pandemic but always choose to HOPE. Uncertainties, Disappointments, Despair, Doubts, Fear, Anxiety, and Stress may come our way, there is still a ray of light coming into our lives.

H-olding O-n, P-raying E-xpectantly. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ( Jeremiah 29:11)

We do not just aim for greater things ahead and putting our trust in what we can do but what God can do in our lives. By His words, He promised. 

So I lay my head back down

And I lift my hands and pray

To be only yours I pray

To be only yours I know now you’re my only hope.

-A song by Mandy Moore, ” Only Hope”

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