Several conversations have led me to think more about hope. I am reminded of the hymn that says, my hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus' blood and righteousness. So what does hope look like?
Hope looks to the future with desire and confidence. As a follower of Jesus, my hope is rooted in the reality of God's goodness, mercy and grace. How does this hope express itself in my daily life?
The book, Being Good — Christian Virtues for Everyday Life, suggests that as a person filled with hope, I would possess two characteristics:
Contentment — a disposition of peace with my circumstances.
…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:11-12 NIV)
I believe Paul's secret was his hope in Christ.
Courage — the quality of mind or spirit that enables me to face difficulty, danger, and pain without fear, indeed stepping out to face it.
…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 NIV)
Joshua's secret was his hope that God was at work in his circumstances.
Will you join me in living out this hope we have that will anchor our souls?
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19 NIV)
Sharing the journey with you,