How to have a hope that propels you forward


Hope is sometimes the only thing that gets you through.

It’s back to school time.

My son begins his sophomore year of college next week.  Most of the public school kids are heading back too.  I did fine in school, but I was never that big of a fan.  The first few days were always exciting.  You got to wear the new school clothes that your mom bought you.  There was the freshness of different classes and teachers.  You got to see the friends that you had missed all summer.

But pretty soon, I was thinking about Christmas break.  It was those glorious two weeks of sleeping in and enjoying the bounty of the holiday.

Of course, it would all be over far too quickly and it was back to school.

My dreams would then begin to drift towards summer vacation.  Three months of uninterrupted boyhood.  There were rivers to fish, games to play and forts to build.  It was joyous.

And that was my routine.  Point to Christmas vacation and then point to summer vacation.

It got me through.


It gave me something to look forward to.

It gave me HOPE.

There was something waiting for me on the other end of all the classes, homework and early mornings.

We tend to live life that same way as adults.

We grind through the present in order to get to the things that we love and anticipate.

We work for weekend.

We push through the last gasps of winter on the dreams of green fairways or sunny days at the lake.

Anytime it’s not football season, we press forward on the belief that football season will come again.

My father in-law survives December in Michigan on the sheer knowledge that he gets to leave for Florida in January.

We live on hope.

Hope is the gas in our tank and I was filled up this morning as I read 1 Corinthians 2:9.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Are you kidding me?

Do you realize what that says?

If you love Godif you are a believer in Jesus Christ…God has already prepared for you a future that is greater than your ability to conceive it.

In fact, your future is greater than anything anyone has ever seen or heard and it is greater than anything that anyone has ever dreamed.

That is like saying that Leonardo da Vinci lacked the vision to imagine how marvelous your future will be.

That is like saying that Dr. Seuss lacked the creativity to conceive of a future like yours.

That is like saying that Ansel Adams never photographed a natural wonder as remotely breathtaking as where you will spend eternity.

Do you really believe that God has a future prepared for you like that?

It’s hard to grab a hold of that truth, but it is reality.  I don’t think that future is limited to heaven, either.  I believe that God has great things prepared for our future in this life too.  They are glimpses of the greatness of the kingdom, but they will come into full view in eternity.

The simple fact that God has such extravagance and blessing in store for us that love him should strengthen our spirits.  We ought to press forward and live for him no matter the challenge or difficulty.

Dwell of 2 Corinthians 2:9.  Let it sink in.  Allow it to fill you up.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

That indescribable future is yours.  It is coming.  It is certain.  If you love God, nothing can take it away.

Let hope rise in you and carry you forward.  A future beyond description is on the other side.  Put your hope in the One who has prepared it.

You can find more on hope here and here.  You can also find more on the hope of heaven here.


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