I had an assignment this week in my Bible class asking how I can bring hope to the world. I thought I would share my response with you all and ask you the same question. Leave a comment below and let me know how you bring hope to the world. I hope you all had a lovely Easter!
Now is a perfect time to reflect on how I can bring hope to the world. Easter has just passed and brought with it the reminder of the unconditional love that Jesus has for all of us. We are witnesses through scripture of all that Jesus did for our salvation; including his struggles, sacrifices, and the hope he brought to us through his ministry, teachings, and the creation of the Church. In Psalm 3: 3-6 it says, “But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. I am not afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around” (NRSV). We live in a world full of shattered dreams and broken hearts that lead individuals to feel hopeless. We can do our part of the Lord’s work by being the force that brings hope back into the lives of those affected by devastating circumstances; such as war, poverty, maltreatment, or depression from the heavy weight the world can bear on one’s shoulder’s. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can bring faith into our broken world and give others the hope of Christ in their lives, to live each day knowing we are shielded, comforted, and sustained by his love.
We live in a world full of competition with one another but also with ourselves. We can feel hopeless by the thoughts and emotions we feel when we think we are not good enough. One way to bring hope to others is to be a support system to them by reminding those around us that we are always good enough in the eyes of God. Going through life knowing that there is always someone on our side, rooting for us, and waiting to reward us for our good deeds and actions for all eternity in Heaven can give us the confidence and courage we need through our faith and make our hopelessness dissipate. We can bring the guiding light of the Holy Spirit into the lives of others that will allow them to break through the barriers they created for themselves and view life with a fresh outlook and journey through with hope of an eternity with God.
I feel a sense of walking on clouds whenever I am praised and acknowledged for an act or deed I have done. So often people are doing great things in our world, from preaching the word of the Lord in a broken, famished country, a Bible study class or for a youth group to the simple act of helping an elderly woman find her way back home when she gets lost and disoriented. No act is too small to be praised for. Words of encouragement may seem insignificant at times but to the person receiving them it can be the love and kindness that they needed to hear to retain hope for our world. Sometimes when good deeds and acts go unnoticed the individuals doing them will start to feel hopeless that they are not touching the lives of others and the passion they have begins to die.
We all have the power to ignite the light in others by accepting their words, love, and carrying them back to their full potential through our appreciation of them. A simple phone call to a love one, such as a church group member, or a friend and telling them that you love them and appreciate all that they do for you with no follow up request or plea can bring tremendous hope to that person and lead them to want to reciprocate the feeling they have with others. Praising those that look up to us can be the approval that understudy or youth was seeking. Whether it’s your child or the new employee at your workplace that is unsure that they are doing a good job in an unfamiliar environment, you can build up their self-esteem by a simple affirmation that they are doing a great job working on a puzzle or completing the work assignment. They realize that their relationship is meaningful and appreciated by someone they look up to or aspire to be like and it encourages them to stay positive and hopeful.
We all have the power to bring hope to others. In the broken world, we live in it is easy to make a difference in the lives of others with a simple act of love, acceptance, and appreciation of others. Jesus came down to Earth and entered our world to bring us hope and we can follow his example and enter the lives of others and provide them with hope, but we must remember to maintain our footing in our own world. Sometimes you can do so much for others, you forget to take care of your own needs. We have to find the perfect balance, as Jesus did, to enter another person’s life while maintaining our own. In this balance, we are able to bring hope to others and remain hopeful in our own lives.