Friday, September 10, 2010
Do You Have Hope?
We celebrated Labor Day this week, and I thought to myself, there are too many people out there who are dissatisfied with their work. Some are unemployed. Others are under-employed. And still others are just pain miserable.
As someone who tremendously enjoys my chosen profession, my heart goes out to you if you’re in one of these ruts. I can’t imagine what it must be like to wake up to a job every day that you hate, or to feel trapped in a cycle of unemployment.
But I do have one question for you. Do you have hope?
To start, I’d like to share with you an amazing revelation that I learned last Sunday from Pastor Eric. It’s the difference between wishing and hoping.
Often, we hear young children misuse the word hope and say things like, “I hope it wasn’t raining.” What they mean to say is, “I wish it wasn’t raining.”
You see, hope and wish are quite different.
Wish – is focused on the present
Hope – is focused on the future
We all know lots of people who wish life was different. They complain. They bemoan. A few of them seem content, but they usually seem uninspired. Like they’re not looking forward to anything.
How many people do you really know who have hope? People who aren’t beaten down by other people or circumstances. People who live in the present, but eagerly look toward the future with anticipation. People who know that tomorrow will be better.
Are you wishful or hopeful?
Yes, even though I work in a career I enjoy, I’m thankful that I have a greater hope. So while I wish that the economy was doing better this year, I continue to have hope in the future. I’m just glad my eternal 401K isn’t dependant on the stock market.
Now, the moment you've all been waiting for. Were you hoping to win that Starbucks card?
Congratulations Michelle DeRusha, and have a good weekend all!