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3 Ways to Store Up Hope

Hope Does Not Disappoint!

Confession: I struggle with hopelessness… there I said it, the cat is out of the bag!  I wrote this post as a reminder to myself to store up hope for the hopeless days and times that will inevitably come.

Without a doubt HOPE is one of the most essential of human necessities.  The bible even says that “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”  Just as we cannot live for too long without food or water, so too in a spiritual and emotional sense, we cannot live long without hope.  So many times in my life, when I have encounter trials or hard times, I have looked to a source for strength, I was looking for hope.

Now without over-spiritualizing the topic (which can sometimes be not very helpful), I would like to share with you what I believe to be the foundation of all hope.  Without understanding this primary foundation, the ideas shared below are simply good advice without any substantial power behind them.

HOPE = The GOSPEL = JESUS

Hope is a confident expectation of the future.  When we lose hope we lose sight of the expectation of good from the future and we have lost sight of the object or the focus of our hope.  A hope that rests alone in this world is not a hope for the future and not true hope at all.

Col. 1:5 “the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true word of the gospel.”  To ensure hope is stored up make sure it is hope in the right things.

Col. 1:23 “…if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.”  Hope is stored up through a continued growing and active faith and relationship with Jesus.  It’s a faith that is “established and firm.”

Col. 1:27 “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

3 Ways to Store Up Hope in Your Life

1. Keep a journal.  Not just any journal, but a journal that specifically documents the good times and the blessings in your life.  Think of it as a bank account in which you are making deposits of hope for future withdrawals when times get tough.  When I am struggling with hope I will take my journal out (or a really old one) and read through a couple entries as a reminder that God has brought me through difficult times.

2. Invest In Relationships.  This is not just investing in any and all relationships… invest in people that have stored up hope in their own lives.  Invest in people that have processed pain and have come out on the other side healthy and happy. Spending time with these people will quickly allow you to replenish depleting reserves of hope when times get tough.

3. Read & Listen.  I find that daily and often saturation of my mind is extremely helpful toward storing up hope. As with anything, repetitionis key.  A quick read of something encouraging will only go so far.  However, the constant and daily saturation of your mind with encouraging, stimulating and challenging information will being to store up an incredible reservoir of hope.

  • Read: I attempt to read the bible daily or at least something that is of spiritual significance and encouragement. This is very important – don’t miss an opportunity to invest in yourself and your future!
  • Listen: Listen to a podcast of great teachers, writers or motivational speakers.  Listen to inspiring music that feeds your soul.  Stop listening to discouraging and negative voices – especially when you are feeling overwhelmed.

What ways do you store up hope in your life for when times get tough? How has hope played a role in your life? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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