From Hopelessness To Hopeful When Things Look Bleak
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
You’re laying in bed, the bills are spread out all around you and you realize you don’t have enough money to eat let alone pay your creditors or you’ve been laid off and the mortgage is due and you don’t know what to do. How do you go from hopelessness to hopeful when things looks bleak?
Believe me, I’ve been there and it can be very depressing to when you see your world falling apart all around you. You feel despondent and worthless as if no one cares but I’m going to show you how to turn things around with words of hope and encouragement that will give you a different take on your struggles.
How do you elicit hope when you feel like throwing in the towel?
The first question you have to ask yourself is this…
Am I using my faith to the best of my ability?
Faith is the mountain we stand on when life tests our resolve. At times, it can feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel but we are not promised an easy life. God has given us a plan but sometimes it’s fraught with thorns that we have to battle through. Remember, God is always refining us and preparing us for his fulfilled promises.
He offers hope where hope should not be found. He offers a way out of whatever you are going through.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
Sometimes, we fight the temptation to give up but God is always there, watching over us. Don’r be defined by your past experiences. Instead be emboldened by them, learn from them and use them to better yourself!
Finding Hope In A Hopeless World
Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
Trials and tribulations always seem to come at the worst times but it’s these types of thing that shapes us and makes us who we are.
I can remember when I was in my early twenties and I was still living at home. I had recently lost my job, had ten dollars to my name and no prospects for a decent job. I felt hopeless in my situation. How was I going to make a life for myself.?
I didn’t want to live at home all my life but there didn’t seem to be a way out . What were my options? Here’s where things get interesting.
Here’s what I did to overcome my hopelessness and live a life filled with hope and joy.
1- Change The Way You Think – We all get into bad habits and our thoughts are what does us in. Negative thoughts are like little missiles that blow us parts of our life but when you use positive re-enforcement in your thoughts they are the shields that protect us from self-esteem problems.
2- Seek Out Inspiration From Others – I knew deep down inside I had something to offer the world and when I went looking for inspiration from others, I found a way out of my troubles. They say you need to find someone successful and duplicate what they are doing. When I started changing my habits and doing what other successful people were doing, everything changed for me. I found the love of my life, a good job came my way and I found the strength inside I didn’t know I had.
3- Take Calculated Risks That You Know Will Pay Off – Standing still means stagnation and that is what kills dreams and sends people down the road to depression and suicide. They feel they can’t get out of their situation and take the easy way out. You have to fight and claw your way through life sometimes and take risks that will pay off. Risks are only risky when you don’t take the ones that can make things better for you. Example… you just lost your job, what do you do? Sit home and cry about it or go out and fight for the job you know you deserve. What can happen? You either don’t get it or you do. The odds are with you when you make it a do or die. You keep doing it until it pays off.
4- Identify Those Things That Bring You Down – I understand that you cannot be happy all the time but you need to pinpoint exactly what is troubling you realize it is a part of your life and you must deal with it. Too often, people push things to the side and wait for a day that never comes. Instead, deal with it now and take responsibility. Revel in the fact that you are strong enough to tackle it and if things get out of hand, that’s when you go for help. The problem is, most people do not have a plan until it’s too late. Don’t be that person. Once you have a plan of action you must put it into gear or it will all be for naught.
5- Face Your Fears – We all have certain fears that we don’t want to face but like we said in number three, identify and then plan out. Here, understand what you are fearful of and map out a plan that will help alleviate those fears and then take action. For me, it was the fear of facing others if I failed so I didn’t try anything for fear of failure. Once I overcame this fear, I was able to take chances and if I did fail, it was no big deal.
Overcoming Hopelessness And Finding Hope In The Lord
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10
Overcoming the feeling of hopelessness is more than just saying I can or I will. It is actually doing it by faith. Faith is a road by which few travel and learn from.
Let me ask you this…
If someone made a promise to you and it showed you a way to live that would bring blessings to you, would you follow it?
Now if you made a promise to another wouldn’t you want that person to believe you?
This is what faith is and though there are bumps in the road, it is all about the journey itself. God wants you to focus on the tasks at hand. As much as you think you are at your breaking point, God has a plan for you.
Let me give you an example.
My son graduated near the top of his college as a music education major. His dream was to teach music and bring the love and appreciation he has for it to the young children. Despite looking for a job month after month, nothing came about. He was down to his last few dollars and was very depressed. He gave everything he had for four years, traveling all over the country playing and bringing his gift to the world.
Finally, after praying to God and opening up his heart, a job offer came after school year has already started. It was about 100 miles away at a inner city school which had gone through music teachers at an alarming rate. It meant he would have to move out and be by himself for the next year or so.
At first he was very depressed because it wasn’t what he was looking for but God has a plan for him. By humbling himself and taking this tough assignment, God was preparing him to be a gift to these kids who badly needed a figurehead who cared about him. He now sees that this was a test for him and he was needed by God to do an important task.
The idea that your outcome looks bleak and there’s no end in sight is a fallacy. Your future is bright because God has a plan for you. It may not be what you envision and it definitely will be tough but God is forging your heart and making you strong.
Think of this as a test. You either win or lose. What’s it going to be?
Decide On Hope Or Hopelessness
“True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His Promises.”
Make the decision to live by faith and then take action on that faith. I promise you He will deliver… big time!
You can be rest assured of God’s promise through these 5 bible verses:
Psalm 9:18 “But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.”
Psalm 33:18 “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”
Psalm 33:22 “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.”
Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Job 11:18 “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”
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