Hope helps us stay honest with ourselves. Where there is a negative thought there are even more positive ones to help us focus on the truth of who we really are so that we can get back up, keep moving forward and tell a better story.
Hope always provides opportunity for us to grow. Even when we fail the first, the second or the hundredth time each time we get the opportunity to grow and keep moving forward.
Hope gives us the push to keep going even when we falter. We get unlimited number of chances to keep going forward even when they are tiny baby steps.
Hope helps us stay enthusiastic even when we fall. It helps provide fuel for the fire that burns inside of us that helps us to keep moving forward and to tell a better story.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. Luke 16:10 NLT
Everyone has experienced fear, but it is how we deal with it
that matters. We all can face our fears and overcome them, or we can let the
fear cripple us. Becoming disabled at the age of 50 was not what I planned for
and it led to so many questions and uncertainties. Thankfully fear kindles
courage and courage is what helps us overcome our fears. So, we must find the
source of our courage in order to confront our fear.
It is my belief that courage can come from our experiences,
from those around us who encourage us, but most of all from God. When I attempt
to face a fear on my own, I tend to become overwhelmed and anxious keeping me
stuck. But when I seek God’s help first, He lets me see that although my fear
may be bigger than me, it is not bigger than Him. When the physical therapist told me to stand
for the first time after my spinal cord injury, I was scared, and I did not
believe my legs could hold me up after all I couldn’t even feel them. I cried
out and asked God to help me through this. He answered by giving me family, friends,
therapists, and doctors which continually encouraged me letting me know that
they had faith in me and my ability. Their faith in me was greater than the
faith I had in myself and because of this it gave me the courage to get through
some of the scariest times.
Our fear regardless of how small or big can cripple us if we let it. It can keep us from reaching our full potential, but when we seek God – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). He guides us, showing us, He is there by helping us to keep moving forward despite our fear. He brings people into our lives to help us through. It is my belief that this is another way God lets us know that we are never alone and our fear maybe bigger than us, but it is not bigger than Him.