In response to the writing101 challenge of taking one word and expressing how I feel about it, I choose “hope.” Hope is significant in our world today. When you look at the number of suicides and murder/suicide combinations, it is deeply saddening to think that people felt they had no hope and nothing to live for. And, to take loved ones out with you when committing such devastation, is unfathomable. This is occurring more and more frequently.
Hope is a word that inspires me to believe in what I can’t see at the moment. I am a believer in Christ, so my Scripture reference is Hebrews 12:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” You cannot have faith without hope. My expression of my beliefs is in no way indicative of stating how someone else should believe. I just know that for me, I would be long gone without hope and faith. It is also significant to note that consideration for what you have hope and faith in is equally important.
Hope gives me inspiration to share with my children. As an older woman now, I do believe that because of hope, I could push forward through many of the curve balls that life threw my way. This includes being a single parent most of my parenting years, getting a divorce and going back to school to get my degree late in life. While some of these situations may seem like the best did not happen for me, it did. Because of hope, I was able to see the effort in new perspectives, to learn a new way of doing things, to keep forging ahead until I got the right perspective and focus. And, while I have not arrived yet, hope keeps me moving forward.
I thank God for hope. My hope is in Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior. My hope is in encouraging others who are going through to keep going and never give up. My hope is in making sure my children and grandchildren have a legacy of hope and faith because I will not be here forever. My hope is in making the best of this life while we have it and having joy along the way. My word is hope.