A young woman’s simple act of kindness has turned into a blossoming friendship between her and a depressed stranger who needed a pick-me-up.
Mackenzie was at a Starbucks in Ohio when she spontaneously decided to pay for the order of the woman behind her in line. When she left the store, she didn’t think much of her good deed. Later that day, however, she found a heartfelt letter in her mailbox. The letter was from Nicole, a woman who had fallen on hard times and incidentally lived just a few houses away
“Thank you for the coffee!” Nicole wrote in the letter. “I rarely go to Starbucks and treat myself, but the last couple of months have been a bit of a struggle. “My father just passed away and he was also my babysitter. My family and my children have had a really hard time. This morning, my babysitter called off sick and I had to take the day off work. I decided to buy my kids breakfast and get myself a coffee with total guilt because I am going to be a stay-at-home-mom for a while. “Since I was not planning to go this route in my life, I was not emotionally and financially prepared to quit working. I cried when I found out you were so sweet to buy my coffee.” “I felt it necessary for you to know that what you did for me was more than just a coffee,” she added. “It was something that has turned my whole day around, put tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.”
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope, I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I Used Everything You Gave Me. – Erma Bombeck
Why am I so discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my Hope in God! I will Praise Him again – my Savior and my God! – Psalm 42:11
Lord, I cannot hope to sit on your right or your left in your kingdom, but permit me to sit at your feet and hear your Word. – F.B. Meyer
Lord, I cannot hope to sit on your right or your left in your kingdom, but permit me to sit at your feet and hear your Word. ~ F. B. Meyer
Hope is closely allied with faith and vision. In Hebrews, the writer tells us, faith is “the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). Hope is the object upon which we direct our focus and energies.
As a Christian, hope is the knowledge, we are being changed for the better as we trust in God’s promises (Romans 8:28). You believe, no matter the circumstances, God’s plans for your life is “for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11b NLT).
Abraham also modeled hope. When he was 75, God promised him, a blessing to give him many descendants, as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham heard these words and believed God (Genesis 15:6).
But despite his belief, Hebrews 6:15 explains, Abraham had to wait 25 years to see the fulfillment of his hope. Yet all the while, Abraham trusted in God. Abraham looked to God as “the Author of his hope” and he saw the promise come to pass.