“The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.” – Unknown
When you think about hope, what comes to your mind? Is it about hoping for a better tomorrow or a better today? Do you see yourself providing hope for others or seeking it for yourself, more often than not?
Whichever category you find yourself in, hope is powerful thing, especially when we’re offering it to another person. Even a unsuspecting person. One who may live on the opposite side of it. A life inundated with constant peril and destructive disappointment. A life where hope seems pointless and often ends in letdown.
So last week I listened to someone talk about hope and how people years before him, hoped for him. It took me a minute to really connect the dots on what he was saying, but once I got, a bright light came on inside of me. To hope means to have a feeling of expectation for a certain thing to happen.
Imagine living your life in such a way that fosters hope to someone that you may not even know, yet you still choose to live with a purpose that declares, there will come a time when a perplexing circumstance, a frustrating season or seemingly unsolvable question will one day have an answer. An answer that provides a way. And your actions in that moment defy what you see, feel and here, just because you are able to believe past what is currently in front of you. Easier said than done, yet possible.
As I gathered my thoughts around this prolific conversation, I thought about those before me. Those who hoped for me, provided a way for me and gave me direction with their profound words, influential actions and incredible examples. For them, I will always be grateful and probably never truly know who they were or are, but their impact is certainly real in my life today. And so my responsibility is to carry the torch for the next generation. To pass hope on to those that have yet to begin their journeys, and to those that are right smack in the middle of them.
So when you wake tomorrow, think about it. Who are you hoping for? I mean really hoping for. Who or what is getting your best? Be honest. Don’t sell it short or pass it along as an insignificant moment. A life or a dire situation may one day depend on what you choose to do today, or not.
My life has been changed from the phrase, “I hope for you”. Not because it sounds good, or makes sense to my brain, but because it is hope that gives us the reason to believe in our tomorrow despite what our today may look like. And for that, I HOPE FOR YOU!