Over the past three years, I have reflected on my decision to leave the classroom often and have no regrets. Honestly, I miss working with the students and my coworkers the most, not the actual job itself. I believe that the seventeen years I was blessed to do it were a fulfilled divine assignment. I also asked myself, “How was I able to do it for so many years?” Well, the reason why was hope. I could not have done it as long as I did and as successfully as I did if not for the hope I have in Christ. Such hope helped me believe that He would be faithful to meet me each day in that classroom, allow me to teach and meet every child where they were, and one that helped me to see the potential that He had placed inside of every single one of them. That same hope increased my faith in the fact that if He called me to teach, He would equip and empower me to do just that.
You see, hope is an anchor. Once we grab hold of hope and let it get a hold of us, there is nothing we can’t do. Hope gives us a glimpse of the same joy that set before Christ on the cross that allowed Him to endure death despite the shame (Hebrews 12:2). Hope tells us to keep going through the tunnel even when it’s too dark to see the next step in front of us. Hope tells us to love the unlovable because the God who changes us can do the same for them. Hope makes us look forward to all of the possibilities of the future. When we pair hope with love and faith, power shows up in our lives and touches everyone around us.
So, what is life without hope? Life without hope is existence. God desires more for us than that. He gave His life so we may have life more abundantly. On the day of His return, our hope will be complete (1 Peter 1:13).
Today, where is your hope? Have you lost it because of the cares of this life? Have you allowed grief, finances, a bad health report, a broken heart, or anything else to rob you of your hope? I challenge you to hope again because life is so much better when we have hope.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,