2. Hope

When you lose hope, you also lose vital energy. Think back on a time when you finally gave up on something or someone. Do you remember feeling exhausted? Well, hope carries with it the energy to move forward, the energy of anticipation and desire.

I recall times when after fighting to hold on to a sense of hope, I finally gave up and let go of my desire. The exhaustion that followed was, I think, indicative of the amount of energy tied up in the hope itself. Maintaining that sense of optimism, or hope, about the future energizes the spirit and enables you to work tirelessly in order to meet your goals. But unless that hopefulness proves out over time and demonstrates that it was well placed, your mind and body will lose energy until finally, you begin to shed your desire and vitality.

It has been my observation that some people tend to lose hope more easily than others. If something doesn’t quickly show signs of working out, they grow weary and begin anticipating failure rather than success. There’s a huge amount of psychological energy tied up in preparing for failure.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

  — Proverbs 13:12

Day 2 Guide

Hope is the key to life-giving energy. Work this week to maintain a positive and hopeful view of the future.

© 2006, Levi Hill

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