What are you hoping for? Good things or bad things? I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Hope for the best. Plan for the worst.” most of your adult life. It certainly seems like a solid strategy, doesn’t it? After all, it focuses your very valuable hope on positive outcomes. It prepares for potential negatives. And since the object of your hope is chosen, hoping for the best makes way more sense than hoping for the worst. But what’s also true is that our beliefs (including our hope) are only realized when we act upon them. So, if current events are draining your hope for a bright future, it’s time to take action.
Defend Your Hope
What are you hoping for? And why are you hoping for that? All of the best advice you can find for a happy life is found in the Bible. The guidance from 1 Peter 3:15 is no exception. It says “…always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that’s in you.” So how about it? If you are hoping for a successful and fulfilling future, what are your reasons for that hope? Likewise, if you’re suffering from hopelessness or you’re focused on potential bad outcomes, please think about why.
Defending your beliefs (a.k.a. identifying your reasons) is such an enlightening activity! Even if the defense is only presented to yourself, or a close friend, it can be a “straight way of thinking” that helps you with something of utmost importance. That is, discovering whether your present line of thinking is helping you with your future goals or keeping you from them.
If you find beliefs that tear down your hope, rather than building it up, it’s time to act. Remember one of my favorite sayings:
If you don’t like what you’re thinking, have another thought!
I used to feel that just hoping for something wasn’t a very productive action. I was wrong. In pursuing God’s best for my life, I’ve learned that whatever you’re hoping for, is what you’re believing for. And we act according to our beliefs. Your hope (and ultimately, your belief) that the best is yet to come paints a bright red dot on the target of your success. Your lack of hope (or your “belief” in a negative outcome) signals you have a major obstacle in front of you that must be dealt with.
Hoping for the Best
If you’re hoping for the best (not the worst), then prove it. Act that way. Even in the face of major setbacks or outright failure, your hope can burn for a bright future. Even when things don’t make sense or what you know to be the truth is repeatedly attacked, you can believe the best is yet to come. When others are engaged in crooked thinking that leads them in circles, straighten your own path by setting your hopes on positive outcomes, rooted in verifiable truth.
It’s time to choose hope. You are made in the image of God. You have been created with great purpose. The plan for your success, fulfillment, and happiness is ready for you to discover.
THE BEST IS TRULY YET TO COME!
With a little guidance, you can propel ahead!
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