BE JOYFUL IN HOPE. SOMETIMES THE CIRCUMSTANCES of your life (and the condition of this world) make it difficult for you to be joyful. When you're searching for Joy, where do you turn? One of the best places to find true Joy is in hope. I want you to know the hope to which I have called you—the riches of My glorious inheritance. Since you are a co-heir with Me, this blessing is definitely for you. When present circumstances are weighing you down, grasp onto hope for dear life! It will help you not only to survive but to thrive—to live joyously.
In some ways, hope is like a hot-air balloon. It is very buoyant, so it can lift you up above your troubles. It enables you to soar in the heavens with Me—helping you see things from a heightened, big-picture perspective. To embark on this heavenly journey, you must climb into the basket beneath the balloon—by trusting fully that your hope in Me will not let you down. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
[May God] give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
~ Max Lucado ~