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Do You Need Some Hope?

Hope.

It’s what gets us from point A to point B in life. It’s what spurs us on when we’re discouraged, and it is arguably the biggest motivator of all time.

Why?

Because the human race needs something to look forward to – something they can see in the distance that gives them something they need or want. The very word race implies that we are striving forward for something. 

In our culture, however, we are bombarded with everything but hope. In the news, we see mass shootings or people ripping each other apart verbally through politics. On social media and TV we are given a mold we are expected to fit, and because we can never live up to those standards, we shame ourselves. We hate the way we look, and we become depressed.

I’m not alone here, am I? It’s an awful, torturous cycle that will never break unless we stand up to it. Unless we refuse to let the anxiety of the world seep into our souls and pick away at our sanity. I was talking with some friends last night about how sometimes, we don’t know that the pain and depression we are surrounded by is wrong. It’s so normal to us that we are blind to what else is right beyond our fingertips.

So for those of you out there who don’t see anything but darkness and hurt, trust me when I say there is more. There is more than what you see, you just have to search for it. There is hope, you just have to dig deeper.

Rise above your pain and heartache, and know that you are not alone. If you can do that, even though it’s hard, you will find strength you didn’t know existed. And slowly, it will get easier to hope in good things. It will become more normal to find joy in the day-to-day, and to appreciate the things you learned from your past.

If you are in need of a little more encouragement, click here to watch a music video by Tenth Avenue North. It’s one of my favorites, and I pray it gives you peace during this season of Christ’s birth. After all, what better hope could there be except a Savior of the world?

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