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by S.A. Prince
I can see my family members, all who are devout Christians, cutting me a hard look at the suggestion that we should quit hope.
I guess they’d have every right to. It does say in the Bible, “Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.”
You’ll find that in 1 Corinthians 13. We’ve been learning that scripture since I can remember, and I’m not saying the writer of Corinthians is wrong, but maybe we should look at this a little more intently?
Stay with me. I know people are checking out at this point, especially my devout readers.
Ask yourself, what good has ever come from hope?
When we allow ourselves to hope, we give up our sovereign and rightful control and involvement in the result of that which we hope for. Hope puts the onus on an outside variable, instead of on ourselves. We are NOT in control of what we hope for.
Still don’t believe me? Let’s look at some of the ways we use the word and idea of hope.
I hope it doesn’t rain today.
I hope he calls me today.
I hope I have a good day.
I hope I get a job promotion.
I hope God answers my prayer.
Hope is passive. It requires you to wait. Waiting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but are you willing to “put all your eggs in the basket” in something that may never come to pass?
It is much better to have faith, than to be hopeful. Trade in hope for faith, and do it now. Faith is assertive. Faith requires you to act, and act now, putting the onus on you. Hope is for the helpless, and Faith is for those who are willing to help themselves, and we are never in a helpless position, regardless of how the situation may appear.
Harriet Tubman had faith. She didn’t wait for the day where change would come. She was a change agent. I admire her for not sitting on the sidelines hanging out with Hope. We too can be like Harriet Tubman and other people who chose to have faith.
This day choose faith.