Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Hope is a critical lifeline for me. It's an upbeat vision of my future. But more comprehensively, hope can be any number of positive visions. Here are a few of my personal hopes:
1) I hope to build muscle and gain fitness.
2) I hope my hair will turn grey more slowly.
3) I hope my daughter bakes ginger cookies.
1) I hope to wed a man I love dearly.
2) I hope my family stays close to Christ.
3) I hope their health, words and choices are good.
1) I hope ill and grieving friends are renewed.
2) I hope to become a more thoughtful friend.
3) I hope their sweet dreams and great plans come true.
1) I hope to become more like my Model.
2) I hope to learn how to love more fully.
3) I hope more Christians will rise in media.
Add in financial and professional hope. Worldwide hope... and hope for the least of us. To me, the more hopes we have, the better.
But sifting through them from a godly place... is wise. A trusted counselor can help. (Perhaps hair color and ginger cookies should move further down my personal list.)
Crucial conclusion: without hope, I'm lost. So are many others we meet daily. What can we do? Offer encouragement. Pause in kindness and genuine concern.
Light a candle of hope. Show them God's way.
## Hope: My Motivation (Part 1)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.