Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Difference Between Hope and Despair

 Thank you, Stacey M., for sharing the following quote through Facebook:

“Hope and despair are not opposites. They are cut from the very same cloth, made from the very same material, shaped from the very same circumstances. Most of all, every life finds itself forced to choose one from the other, one day at a time, one circumstance after another. The only difference between the two is that despair shapes an attitude of mind; hope creates a quality of soul. Despair colors the way we look at things, makes us suspicious of the future, makes us negative about the present. Hope, on the other hand, takes life on its own terms, knows that whatever happens God lives in it, and expects that, whatever its twists and turns, it will ultimately yield its good to those who live it well. When tragedy strikes, when trouble comes, when life disappoints us, we stand at the crossroads between hope and despair, torn and hurting. Despair cements us in the present; hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see. Despair says that there is no place to go but here. Hope says that God is waiting for us someplace else. Begin again.” - Unknown Pastor as he was battling terminal brain cancer

The only thing I do not like about this quote is the part about God waiting for us someplace else. God is always with us. Our despair does not send Him running away. He is right there with us during our despair waiting for us to reach out to Him for help. Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9

Here's a John Piper quote shared from my friend Daina L.: 
When you are weak, trust Jesus to hold you. When you are strong, trust him for mighty exploits in his name. -John Piper