Hope for better days

Jesus offers help for anyone who feels in trouble, and for any kind of need or burden. This includes those who are sick or discouraged, and those who are worried or afraid. He can turn around any situation for those who are willing to come to Him and call on Him for help.
Tags:  Hope, Optimism, Rest, Inspiration Ministries

What's to be optimistic about?

Have you ever known someone who had a disease or a disability, but who had the most cheerful personality and seemed gifted at seeing the good things in life? It’s confusing and inspiring at the same time, isn’t it? What's the key to being optimistic in a world with so much trouble?
Tags:  Optimism, Confidence, Hope, Tamasy

Grounds for patience

The cardinal sin of the 21st century is to be boring and slow. We demand the brief newscast, fast report: your worst offense is to waste my time. Yet Jesus often used agricultural symbols and parables, partly to remind us that good things require time.
Tags:  Patience, Time, Hope, Theology of Work

Silver linings

With news about the coronavirus breaking so rapidly, it’s hard to anticipate what the latest “scoop” will be. I recall the late Gilda Radner’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Roseanne Roseannadanna, who used to say, “It’s always something!” Bad news seems to beget bad news. But out of any crisis, important lessons can be learned. And most of the time, good emerges out of bad, pulling silver linings out of dark clouds that hover over us.
Tags:  COVID-19, Crisis, Hope, Promise, Lessons

Finding an anchor in an anchorless world

We live in a world rife with social unrest, political chaos, competing ideologies and pressures to conform (or at least look the other way). Our belief systems are always being challenged if not directly attacked. So how do we find anchor? What keeps us from being swept up in the storm or crushed against the rocks? As always, there's an answer that has stood the test of time, and it (He) provides all the security we need.
Tags:  Hope, Advent, Faith, Confidence, Tamasy

Hope for the unhappy Christian

Every morning, Christians across the country wake up discontent with life – singleness, marriage, career, church, or community – and wish they could trade it for a different one. But there's another way to look at our struggles that will transform the way we live as Christians.
Tags:  Hope, Joy, Suffering, Holmes

Optimistic bias

Optimism inspires more optimism and can serve as a strong motivator. Ironically, though, it’s also one of the reasons few entrepreneurs become successful. Despite warning signs and alarms, the optimistic entrepreneur can become blind to how their business venture is performing until it is too late to take corrective action. Here are some ideas on how to manage your optimism bias.
Tags:  Hope, Optimism, Bias, Struble

Hope is not a strategy

Strategy puts ‘legs’ on hope. You can’t talk your way out of what you’ve behaved your way into. If you hope for something to change, come up with a series of steps that’ll move you toward what you hope for.
Tags:  Hope, Strategy, Action, Accountability, Campbell

Genuine hope versus 'hope so'

Disasters, tragedies, violence, political upheaval, ... it's easy to lose hope and fall into despair. Too often, the best we can say when thinking about better outcomes is "I hope ..." and we find ourselves clinging to wishful thinking. Practically applied in our lives, how does biblical hope look different than 'hope so?'
Tags:  Hope, Faith, Trust, Tamasy