A Facebook friend recently posted an interesting perspective: “Hope is the place between where we were and where we are going to be.”
This morning I was reading in Romans chapter 5, and there was some mention of the word “hope.” It got me to thinking (and praying).
Where does hope come from? Are people born with it? Do people vary in the amount of hope they have available to them? Do individuals vary in terms of the amount of hope they have from one time to another? Does hope grow as we grow older? Can it diminish over time? Where does hope come from?
“…and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
So, at least one source of hope is that it is the outcome of a chain of effects that begins with suffering. Suffering –> perseverance –> character –> hope. Voila! Trace it back. You see someone with hope? It arises out of character. Where did character come from? It developed from perseverance. What causes perseverance? Suffering.
I recently told one of my daughters that I wished that I could save her from some of the difficulties that she is experiencing as she and her family live through a challenging period of time in their lives. As soon as I said this, I added, “But then I would be robbing you of the benefits that you’re accumulating as a result of these difficulties.” She told me that she wasn’t really aware of any benefits at the moment. Well, maybe these thoughts will help her get a bigger perspective on the benefits of going through tough times.