Anchored in Hope – Bill Hoffman

The storms of life are guaranteed.  You may not want to hear that, but it’s true none-the-less. Hoping to have a life void of trials and challenges is irrational and not grounded in reality or truth.

On the backside of this reality is, the “hope” that one day all the crazy stuff we have to keep dealing with will just stop, prevents us from having “genuine hope” that produces, for example, perseverance, resourcefulness, faith, even peace and resolution. But how?

The only way is for the challenges of life to be viewed through a different lens, or perspective. If our lens, for example, is the victim lens, I will reject the hardships that come my way as I may feel like “why me?” Why NOT me!? Why should I be exempt?  Or my lens may be “entitlement”… I do this good and that good… I don’t deserve to have these bad things come my way! Or maybe a step further, you utilize the “scale system”… “I don’t do the things that other person does, so I deserve better.” 

In all these cases, there is no validity. In fact, trials in life are guaranteed, and are an integral part of our growth and maturing process.  Here is a quote from Brennan Manning to consider:

“To think that the natural and proper state is to be without wounds is an illusion. Those who wear bulletproof vests to protect themselves from failure, shipwreck, and heartbreak will never know what love is.”

The key is not avoiding the challenges of life, it’s going through them the right way, activating hope in the right way. Hope is an anchor to to soul, and essentially, God is the forger of the anchor. When we are anchored, the ship will toss and turn, and the threat of shipwreck will seem quite real, but when your heart is anchored, you know that you will get through the trial, and you will tell the story one way or the other.  And as a bonus, other people can hear your story and learn how to trust as well.

Keep your heart anchored in the storm, and your eyes on the prize, and your perspective will dramatically transform. We have to exercise faith that God will see us through every problem that stands in our way, and produce in us a steadfastness on which we can experience abundant life moving forward.

Manning – Rabbi’s Heartbeat/Canva Pro



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