I’ve previously defined hope like this: Hope is knowing that better is coming. But there’s more. Not only is hope knowing that better is coming, but hope is showing that better is coming. When we know something to be true, that truth gets reflected in our words and actions. In 1 Peter 1:3 the apostle … Continue reading Knowing and showing that better is coming
We can take things for granted. Even hope. William Temple paints a bleak picture of not having any hope, nor any belief in the source of hope, God: “for man’s moral and spiritual life is in this world a baffled and thwarted enterprise; and the scene of our endeavor is slowly becoming uninhabitable, so that … Continue reading Don’t take hope for granted
I realize that equating hope to a pillow sounds a bit too cutesy, so just hear me out. William Gurnall lived in the 1600’s and wrote about the relationship between hope and patience. If we have reasons to hope we are more likely to be patient: “patience is the back where the Christian carries his … Continue reading Hope is a… pillow?
People are motivated by different things. Some people feel motivated to do something if they know they’ll get a nice reward at the end. Others are motivated if they know they are doing something that will make someone feel good. Today I want to appeal to those who (a) are experiencing difficulty, and (b) are … Continue reading Virtue standeth