“Hope” sounds like a nice, fluffy, sweet concept, fit for kids with stars in their eyes and dreams in their hearts.  What a discredit those attributions are to such a powerful thing as hope.

Hope makes us a little crazy

It’s more than a wishful feeling; the smallest glimmer of hope has the power to impel us to risk our reputation, our comfort, even our LIVES, at times.  

It is what empowered Rebel forces to attempt to implode the Death Star and take down the Empire in a galaxy far, far away. 

Skeptic-turned-optimist Jyn reprimands the doubting Thomases in the Rebel war room, and her hope inspires them to move on the offensive against the Empire:

“You’re asking us to invade an Imperial installation based on nothing but hope?” 
“Rebellions are built on HOPE,” Jyn Erso replies.

It is the flame that burned in the hearts of Marius, Enjolras, and their band of Misérables, as they looked beyond the current state of their beloved France and spearheaded a revolution.

“Do you hear the people sing, lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies;
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

It is the one thing the president of dystopian land Panem feared most – the biggest threat to his dictatorship and his annual method of cleansing the peoples with televised Hunger Games.

Hope: it is the only thing stronger than fear. 

A little hope is effective; a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine as long as it’s contained,” President Snow of Panem explains.

It is what kept the faith of biblical heroes like Noah afloat in the ark for weeks, what kept Joseph undismayed in slavery and prison, and Hannah undefeated by the crushing weight of childlessness. Their hope moved them to believe in faith.

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For by it our ancestors won God’s approval.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)

Hope is a force. 

Hope is a war cry. 

Hope is dangerous, yes, deadly to fear, doubt, pain, despair, and anxiety. 

Hope is a weapon, and you can learn how to wield it.

Brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, take heart and hope. God will not let our hope go to waste when it is founded in Him. 

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, 
because we know that affliction produces endurance, 
endurance produces proven character,
and proven character produces HOPE. 

This hope will not disappoint us
because God’s love has been poured out
in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5

Written by D.K. Smith