We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
So, I’ve been thinking about writing this piece for over a week. I tried to procrastinate, but the topic of hope has stared me down every day this week…from talking about it with my neighbor’s babysitter to hearing it in church service, reading it in excerpts from MLK, and even reading about it my class readings for the week. So…let’s talk about hope.
It feels very fitting to share during the month that we celebrate the legendary visionary and charismatic leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year as we enter the month of January I feel a renewed sense of purpose, strength, and resilience. Is it because we’re beginning a new year? Or maybe it’s the resolutions and intentions set? While the latter is true, the thing that keeps me going each year is hope. Hope in the things unseen and the possibilities to do the impossible.
So, what does hope mean? In the book Strengths-Based Leadership (which you definitely should read), hope is equated to initiative and enthusiasm. The Bible defines hope in terms of faith. Hope can be a noun (expectation, desire) or a verb (anticipation, want). But to me…to me HOPE means – helping others persevere in everything. Part of my life’s mission is to be a servant-leader, an instrument of hope, and an agent of change. I hope to be a beacon of light to others during their dark periods and a source strength when weakness tries to get us done. I hope to be inspirational, empowering, and gracious.
Like Ms. Beverly (my neighbor’s babysitter) told me, “as long as you live, there’s always hope.” Little did she know she was speaking a word over and into my life. As we progress through this year which has already had some crazy times (read: government shutdown), let’s all remain prayerful, powerful, poised, positive, persistent, and hopeful in the future and the in the new opportunities to do great work each day!
Leave me a comment and tell me what your hopes are for 2018.
Peace and Blessings!