What is hope?

What is hope? This is the season of sharing hope with the world, so it’s important we remind ourselves of just what it is we are to share. www.shellytiffin.com #devotions #Christianity #Christmas #hope

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That’s an important question to ask ourselves in this season of sharing hope.

It’s not that we don’t know what it is, but hope is an abstract concept that’s hard to put into words.

Last year, we partnered our Christmas light show with Covenant Coffee (a local charity that employs emancipated foster youth) and their tag line is “hope in a cup”. This year, as we’ve partnered with them again, I find myself continually dwelling on this idea of hope.

By definition, hope as a noun is a feeling that events will turn out for the best.

I’ve personally experienced people investing time, energy, and money into me during times that were tough and know very well that such an unexpected gesture can help you to feel like things just might work out; it can give hope.

It’s probably the same for most people. But, I  imagine that going through the foster care system and being exited without adoption can leave one jaded to life and the idea that hope even exists.

I also imagine that after having lived through those experiences that coming to a place to work each day where the people there love you the way Jesus loves you, where they take time to teach you new skills, and where they invest in the person you are becoming, that the feeling of hope would eventually give birth to something greater.

The goal is not just to bring a “feeling” of hope or to allow it to remain a noun. The goal is that hope becomes a verb – an actually looking forward to with desire and reasonable expectation.

Why is this so important?

Hope is the precursor to faith.

Hebrews 11:1 states that faith is the assurance of things hoped for.

If a person can’t conceive of hope or live in hope, how then will they be able to live by faith?

But we have hope.

We have His Hope: His Occupancy and Purposes in our Every day (Click to Tweet), and in this season of sharing our experience of His Hope is what compels us to share.

What is hope? This is the season of sharing hope with the world, so it’s important we remind ourselves of just what it is we are to share. www.shellytiffin.com #devotions #Christianity #Christmas #hope

Hope empowers. Hope cheers us on. And to quote a famous song, “Hope is what we crave.”

Bringing His Hope starts by meeting needs with love. It means being the unexpected blessing in someone’s life. It means each of us does our part in being the hands and feet of Jesus.

For our family, one way of doing this looks like putting on a light show that not only lights up the sky but lights up the hearts of emancipated foster youth with a hope that only comes from the light of heaven. (Tiffin Christmas YouTube Channel)

I encourage you to be a part of bringing hope to someone this season.

It doesn’t how small a gesture it is, just don’t let the season pass you by without sharing your hope with others.

And just in case you find yourself in the place of needing hope this season for yourself, it’s amazing what getting out there and loving on others can do for that.

If you’d like to join us in letting the emancipated foster youth that Covenant Coffee employs know that they are loved, you can join us by giving here: GoFundMe. We are raising money to replace the coffee equipment that they use daily to produce “hope in a cup!”

And if you’re in the Bakersfield area, you can join us for this as well:

Light up the sky 500

I know many of you are involved in wonderful ways of sharing hope. Let me know what some of them are and if I can be a part as well.

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  • http://ww.chasingthedivine.com/ Michelle

    “Hope is the precursor to faith.” Oh that is good, and so very true. Excellent post and way to serve others.

  • Abby

    It’s amazing how when we extend ourselves to others, it can bring us hope as well. I loved how you bring light to the fact that hope is a precursor to faith. I think sometimes we tend to overlook that. Thanks so much for sharing this important truth.

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      Thanks Abby. I know I hadn’t thought about hope as precursor until I began reading and meditating on all that it is. Praying you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season!