Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
We’re driving down the road of life when
Someone runs into us from behind. It’s those memories of the past that keep chasing us down.
Someone who’s right in front of us stops his car and keeps us from believing we have a future.
This moment causes us to leave the path set out before us and we simply turn off the car.
But then another car pulls up beside us. The driver gets out of his car, opens the passenger side of the car, and invites us to come in.
That driver’s name is hopefulness. And he’s come to drive us off the road of hopelessness by giving us a hopeful chance to return to the road set before us even if everything seems bleak around us.
Ideas.ted.com in their article, “How to be more Hopeful,” we get a glimpse inside ways to turn your hopelessness into hopefulness. Their ideas include shifting your expectations. When you wake up in the morning don’t focus on thinking it’s going to be another blah day. You will help make a self-fulfilling prophesy about your day. Instead, think of a few brief pleasurable moments that you can reach. Small steps. Also, realize you can change your life at any point. There are possibilities that exist for you at any stage of your life no matter how old you are. Have a dream in the back of your mind? Taking a small step toward that dream can lift off the negative hopelessness and turn it into hopefulness.
So, let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. If you don’t feel like you have a race ahead of you, create one. Imagine in detail of how your race would look like and take small steps toward it. Perseverance is the key if you want to move off that hopeless road and drive toward hopefulness.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.