Don’t we all need hope?
Hope is that little thing inside us that insists there is something better — something brighter to look forward to. I looked up the definition of hope and found it is related to trust. We must trust that there are better things ahead.
The times in my life when I have truly appreciated hope the most have been dark times. Those are the times when the light of hope shines brighter. Hope becomes more real, and more accessible than any other time. Those are the times when hope truly becomes tangible.
We can learn hope. It is a skill. We have to practice trusting and believing in things to look forward to. We hope that our prayers will be answered and that we can keep believing, even when darkness invades our lives. We hope for a better world. We hope…and then that hope inspires us to act.
There is great power in hope.
I recently reread The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. One of the quotes from the book that sticks with me is this:
“It’s not how hard you hit. It is how hard you get hit…and keep moving forward.”
That is hope in action.
I find hope through faith.
“Whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God” (Ether 12:4).
This hope is meant to spur me to action: to help me seek and find better things. Hope is not just a thought or a feeling. Hope is active, it is inspiring.
Hope is the gift of light anchored to our soul.
Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Keep hoping. It will bring you to a better, brighter place.
Where do you find hope? When have you needed hope the most?