Encourage

Hope does not disappoint

Romans 5:3-5
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

What is your PERSPECTIVE of your life today?

Perspective:  a particular evaluation of a situation or facts, especially from one person’s point of view.

When we experience life’s challenges, if we have the right perspective, the challenge will actually develop perseverance, which leads to maturity (a well-developed character).  It seems that maturity will clarify our perspective even more.

In the book of Romans, Paul also encourages us to have a positive perspective when we experience life’s challenges.  Paul reminds us that problems develop endurance, endurance develops strength of character and character strengthens our hope.  Paul goes on to remind us that hope does not disappoint because of God’s love for us.  Hope is not just a wish of maybe it will or maybe it won’t.  HOPE is…confident desire…earnest expectation…trust…the promise of the future…  Let me ask you, in whom or what have you placed your hope?  It truly matters…

People can become disappointed or disillusioned in life because of the expectations they have placed on others.  A father expects his son to carry on the family business and make him proud.  Only the son decides to choose another path for his life; the father is disappointed.  A mother expects her daughter to receive a college education.  The daughter decides to drop out halfway through sophomore year of high school; a mother is disappointed.  An employee has devoted 20 years of his life to the same organization expecting to retire with benefits.  Without warning the company goes out of business; the employee is now disillusioned as he wonders what this will mean for his family.  You do understand that misplaced expectations (hope) can leave a person empty.

However, when we place our hope and trust in God, then we can be assured that He will not disappoint us.  Why…because of His great love for us.  He loves us so much that He gave and continues to give.  He has given us His great and precious promises.  Life is a progressive journey.  We grow from a baby to child to an adult.  Likewise, spiritually we grow from immaturity (selfish) to maturity (selfless).  Our perspective of experiences throughout this time determines how fast or how slow we develop strength of character.

Remember it is our strength of character that strengthens our hope.  It is our hope…earnest expectation in God and His promises that will allow us to be mature, complete and lacking nothing.  My prayer is that you will have the right perspective as you journey through life.

Remember to be REAL…