Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, April 13th, 2020
Hope: My Motivation
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.
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
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:

Physical 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.

Family hopes:
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.

Friend hopes:
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.

Spiritual hopes:
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.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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