Hope-More Than A Wish
This Sunday was the start of Advent. If you're not familiar with Advent, this is the time Christians use (the four Sundays and weeks of Advent) to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. This Sunday at church, we lite the first candle, which is for Hope.
I started thinking about Hope. What does Hope mean? According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, it means to cherish or desire with anticipation, to want something to be true or to happen. You could say that pretty much sounds like a wish. Right? Well, there is a second definition, and it is to expect with confidence: Trust. I don't know about you, but expect with confidence: Trust definitely sounds like more than just a wish.
I think on the surface, most of us tend to think of Hope as a wish. I know that I use the word Hope quite frequently, and most times I use it in terms of it being a wish; such as, I hope this email finds you doing well.
After thinking about it a lot, I have concluded that Hope is more than a wish. Hope is something worth holding on to.
Hope is a choice over fear. Hope is a declaration to believe in a dream. Hope is a decision to be bold and to live out loud and be who you are. Having hope is a choice.
I found the following statements about hope from Ray Johnston, and they really resonated with me, so I wanted to share them with you.
Hope is more than a wish. It is active. Hope comes from within. As we enter this holiday season, my wish for you is that you would find Hope from within. Hope to be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday. Hope to chase after your dreams. Hope to make a difference in the world because it’s not resources that change the world. It’s people with hearts strengthened by hope that change the world.
How do you Hope to finish out 2019?
What are you Hopeful for in 2020?
I would love to hear how you Hope to finish out 2019 or what you are Hopeful for in 2020. Send me a DM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org