Romans 4: 18-20 says, “For Abraham, human reason for hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised.” Sometimes it may look like all reason for our hope is gone, but we are never, ever without hope in Christ. He will always make a way where there is no way, no matter how bleak it looks.
I recently watched the inspirational film entitled, “Front of the Class,” and Brad Cohen made this statement, “I tried not to get my hopes up, but hope is a hard habit to break.” Brad got his hopes up over and over to be a teacher, in spite of having Tourette Syndrome. People turned him down over and over, thinking he was incapable, but he kept going, kept hoping, kept believing and kept being determined to see his dreams come true, no matter what it looked like and no matter how much criticism he received. In the end, God made a way for him and he saw his dream come true. He became a great teacher and a great example for children to overcome their struggles and realize their potential.
Hope is a hard habit to break. I like that, because it never should be broken. I want that kind of hope and determination in spite of my own struggles and the obstacles and mountains that loom so big in front of me. Even when your dream feels like it is being constantly crushed and you see no way for it to happen, keep hoping, keep praying, keep knocking on heaven’s door until you find your path and until you find God’s answer. Even when hope hurts because you have disappointments and you feel like you are being stretched so thin — keep fighting the good fight of faith. Even when you feel battered and weary, keep pressing on, because it would hurt more if you had no hope. Hope is always the better option, even when there are tears that come along with it. No hope means you have given up on your dream. The tears just mean that your hope is still alive. You are still reaching, still praying for a way, still trusting that God is for you and on your side, cheering you on and still holding onto faith with all you have got.
Never let the habit break. Never let the hope fade. Never let the dream die — there is a purpose for it! There is beauty at the end of your hope that never lets go. Hold on with all the strength you have in you, and when you feel like you are spent, rely on Christ’s strength, because with Him there is more than enough to go around!