National Day of Hope
People need hope more than ever. It was in short supply, but it seems like it’s drying up before our very eyes.
The National Day of Hope has one goal, and one goal only: to offer real hope to you. Not just a hope so, but a real dependable, certain hope that can spread to your family, your neighbors, your community, your state, your nation.
Idea and inspiration
Listen to people from all over the country, all over the internet, from every corner of the world. There is a consistent and constant cry and need that we hear over and over.
It’s the need for hope.
Just look at the statistics about stress, depression, anxiety, abuse, and suicide. Behind each and every number there are individuals and families that are greatly struggling with desperation, worry, loss, isolation.
It was with this rattling around in my brain that I read:
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.(1)
Notice what it says:
The hope that you have.
The hope - It's not just any kind of hope, but the hope. A certain and specific kind of hope. It is not a hope so, a wish, or jumping off a cliff into the unknown. It is This kind of hope has a certainty about it. It's a dependable kind of hope, a solid kind of hope.
That you have - Not the hope that you hope to have, not the hope you plan to have, not the hope you have started to possess. But the hope that you have.
It’s a hope that’s already inside you. It doesn’t have to be perfect hope. It doesn’t have to be fully formed hope. It doesn’t have to be the hope-to-end-all-hope. It’s the hope that you have right here, right now.
We start from where we are.
But we don’t stop where we are, we need to keep moving, keep expanding, keep growing in hope.
And that’s the purpose of The National Day of Hope. Here are the five things that The National Day of Hope wants to achieve.
Recognize that you have some hope. No matter who you are, you have some hope. Your hope tank might be low, even very low. It may be depleted, trampled down, abused. But there is still some there.
Release the hope you have. Even when our hope is low, we need to be in the business of sharing what we have. We don’t wait till we have our life together or are filled with hope. We start from where we are, with what we have.
Realize that you need more hope. We always can use more hope, we can never be filled-to-capacity with hope.
Resource your additional hope. You do this by being on the lookout for hope. Don't be surprised when and where hope comes from. Read and listen to hopeful resources.
Run away from unhopeful people. You need to be on the lookout for unhopeful people. Avoid them, even run away from things and people that are going to drain your hope.
(1) 1 Peter 3:15,16