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.
Tips to make each day of your life count.
- 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!
Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (NLT)
That’s a very powerful statement. God is saying, in effect, “I gave you the vision. Now you put the plan on paper, and I will work out the details.”
If you don’t have a plan, how can He direct you?
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” ~ R0mans 12:2 (NLT)
God’s Plan for You – God has placed specific dreams and visions inside every person. He has a plan for your life. So, is there a dream in your heart that you just can’t shake? Can you see yourself doing something and you can’t get it out of your mind? Your dream may be an idea for a business, a particular field you want to go into, an invention, book or avenue that utilizes your talent. Maybe you have a dream to sing, dance or be an artist. if God gave it to you, He will make a way for it to become a reality.
First, get before the Lord and ask Him to direct your steps. Ask Him to give you wisdom regarding your dream and how to accomplish it. The Holy Spirit is your Helper; however, you are the initiator. Each step you take will bring you closer to the end of your faith.
“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
“Be careful what you say and do, you may be the only Jesus some people may ever see.” ~ Unknown
“It’s never to late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Elliot
“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do next time.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
How to Save a Life: Prevent Poisoning: Find Out Ways to Keep Your Home Safe From Poisons (ABCNews)
- Keep the poison control center phone number someplace where you and others will know where to find it easily and quickly.
- Get a carbon monoxide detector for your home.
- Never leave your car running inside a closed garage.
- Make sure if you consume alcohol that your liquor cabinet is locked.
Teach your children about poisons –
- If you don’t know what something is, never put it in your mouth. Always ask a trusted grown up first.
- Never take medicine unless a grown-up gives it to you.
- Some plants and berries are poisonous. Always ask a grown-up before you put them in your mouth.
- Always let grown-ups use spray cans and bottles. Do not touch or play with them.
- Stay away from things used to clean your house, clothes or car.
Bargin Shopping Pays Off: Garage Sale Buyer Gets $200 Million Ansel Adams Photos — for $45 (Fox News) A trove of old glass negatives bought at a garage sale for $45 have been authenticated as the lost work of famed nature photographer Ansel Adams and are worth at least $200 million, an attorney for the owner said Tuesday.
What They Have In Common: Healthy Families Credit Habits With Happiness (Health.com)
- Team approach – Families that make healthy lifestyle choices together, stay healthy together.
- Don’t go hungry – To stay at a healthy weight, you have to eat, not starve yourself.
- Automate breakfast and lunch – You don’t want to reinvent the wheel every day.
- Exercise 20 minutes a day—at home – “If you have to go somewhere to exercise, you’re automatically going to need more than 20 minutes, and it violates the flow of your day,” Dr. Oz says. Play together every day – Working up a sweat together is an anti-aging move.
- Be the food decider in your house – If you don’t buy the sweets to begin with, kids won’t even miss them.
- Eat dinner together every night – This simple ritual improves not just kids’ eating habits but their grades and willingness to open up to you, too.
- Let your children police you -Encourage them to call you out if you grab junk food.
- Tell little ones a bedtime story – “That’s the one time that kids let their guard down—when they’re tired and about to go under,” Dr. Oz says. “It’s when you hear what’s really on their minds and you can try and impart some knowledge.”
- Make sure you have a bedtime routine -Not getting about seven hours a night can be a contributing factor to heart attacks and strokes.