Sometimes we must get hurt in order to grow, we must fail in order to know, sometimes our vision clears only after our eyes are washed away with tears.
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.
I resently read a story about an “Imagination Station.” Each day as the kids enter a room, they begin by closing their eyes and entering into “imagination station” of their mind. There, they have no limits to what they can do. It is their one time to imagine more and … it is transforming the way they see the world.
Imagination is powerful because it invites you into a new story. Imagination is the force that takes you to places you have never been. Imagination welcomes the impossible.
The Bible says ‘As a man thinketh, so shall he become’. It also says ‘Without vision we perish’. You serve a God who wants to do even more with us than you could ever ask or imagine.
Henry Ford relied on imagination and belief. Walt Disney said that had he not seen Disneyland in his mind, the rest of the world would not have seen it on earth. Bill Gates first imagines his products before they become actual software that we rely on. And it would serve you well to remember that many of the world’s greatest people started with nothing and built empires. They had a dream and imagined into being.
- CONNECT.. Nurture personal and professional relationships with unwavering dedication to love and kindness and they will reap their own rewards
- THINK POSITIVE… Think about what can be done instead of dwelling on the “what ifs.”
- LIVE WITH PURPOSE… Passion is so important to living a fulfilling life.
- EMBRACE VISION… Not just what you want to do for work, but how you want to live outside of your career.
- DON’T BE AFRAID… Don’t let fear limit what you have to offer the world. Acknowledge fear it, feel it and discover where it comes from, and then move on.
- FIND BALANCE… Come to center everyday by engaging in healthy routines that reinvigorate you. A fun, balanced and purpose-driven life will make you feel deeply satisfied.
- BE PRESENT… Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. Give someone your undivided attention.
- BE CREATIVE… Creativity does not have to be limited to those with artistic talent. Think outside the box!