In Good Times And In Bad – Hold On To Faith And Hope With All You’ve Got
October 23, 2011

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We all know of at least of one point in our lives, when everything started taking a downward spiral. What happens when a loved one is diagnosed with an unexpected illness, a significant relationship fails, or any part of life throws us a devastating curveball? There may not be many places or people to turn to. It is in these times, that we finally surrender our whole self in hope for a breakthrough tomorrow.

Hope isn’t hope until it’s all you’re holding on to.

There are those who always believe in the power of hope, while others do not believe in it at all. There in also an area in between that a lot of us fall into – we lean into our hope and faith only when there seems to be nothing left to turn to. What ever tragedy is unfavorably brought into our lives, we rapidly recognize hope as a “life-line” to keep a loved one, a last chance for redemption – a glimpse of light into the possibility that a situation can be better. In the midst of difficult times, we find ourselves clinging to hope as the last, yet most powerful source of strength.

What is true is that hope may not always seem to be the most immediate and tangible answer. We have grown so accustomed to our fast-paced society that we often think all the answers are just at our fingertips.  However, it is the very power of faith that can help us seek the positive perspectives in an unfavorable situation as well as guide us in the right direction no matter what we are facing.

Hope works in all kinds of strange ways because it teaches us how to believe in something that may not always lead to the instantaneous results we’re used to.  The irony of hope, however, is that we turn to it with all our desperation and trust it when things are difficult, but let go of it quickly when things are well?

When everything is going according to plan, it is very easy to accept all the credit for what good fortune we feel we created. It is here that we often turn away from hope and forget to live in gratitude. Almost all of us were faced with difficult situations through which we saw proof for how powerful hope can be. What if we made the effort to hold on to hope when good luck was on our side, and not only when things were failing?

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