“Look backward in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.” (Ziglar)
“Hope is the power that gives a person confidence to step out and try.” (Ziglar)
“Encouragement is the fuel upon which hope runs.” (Ziglar)
Zig Ziglar, top motivational speaker, grew up attending church but didn’t become a Christian until July 4, 1972, at age 45. “That was the missing ingredient. Everything changed for the better,” Zig proclaimed. Faith in Christ helped him see that true success can’t be bought and identified it as peace of mind. For decades he inspired millions by public speaking, by appearing on radio and television, and by authoring more than 30 books.
I was privileged to hear Zig in person when he was in his 80’s and after admiring him for as long as I could remember. I knew he taught that it’s not what happens to you that matters but how you respond to what happens that makes a difference. Now I saw first-hand proof that his actions matched his words as I watched his struggle to communicate onstage with short-term memory loss caused by an accidental injury.
Maintaining a positive attitude he now adjusted his presentation with help from his daughter, who kept him on track. Zig courageously continued to do what he had become the best at doing… motivating, inspiring, giving hope — responding positively and not reacting negatively by giving up. He embraced the struggle. He was walking the talk and continuing to impact others in positive ways. His smile, example, and message of hope were his legacy that blessed our planet.
In countless churches and worship gatherings across the planet you are likely to hear the song, “You Are My All In All” and other songs by Dennis Jernigan. He is a song writer, an author, a worship leader, a husband for more than 30 years, a father to 9 children, and a grandfather.
Dennis and Melinda Jernigan call their story a story of hope. Jernigan has experienced freedom from his former homosexual identity since 1981, and in sharing his story he shares God’s love and grace. His heart’s desire is for others to embrace their true identity in Christ.
If you are hurting… are needing freedom to live as God intended… are seeking His love and grace, then I invite you to visit Dennisjernigan.com for a story of hope!
“More prayer, more exercising of our faith, and more patient waiting leads to blessings — abundant blessings. I have found it to be true many hundreds of times, and therefore I continually say to myself, “Put your hope in God.” (George Muller)
Muller lived in the hope and expectation that God would answer his daily prayers. Those God-given answers provided for more than 10,000 orphans in his care throughout his life. Also those answers provided 117 Christian schools to educate more than 120,000 children.
Muller didn’t do fundraising for donations but instead did “prayer raising” for God’s provision, and the results met his needs and often abundantly. The same provision God offered Muller in 1800’s England can be attained by us if we pray with the same hope and faith as he did and trust in the same God Who hears us.
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (I John 5:14, 15)
“O God, hear me! Not once in my life have I ever spoken to You, but today I feel the urge to make You an act of worship. You know that even from my infancy they always told me that You didn’t exist… I, stupid, believed them.
I had never marveled at Your great works. But tonight I looked up from out of a shell hole at the heaven of stars above me! And fascinated by their brilliant magnificence All at once I understood how terrible the deception…
I don’t know, O God, if You will give me Your hand. But I say this to You, and You understand. Isn’t it strange, that in the midst of a terrible inferno, the light should appear to me and I should have discovered You? Beyond this I have nothing to say to You. I am happy just because I have known You.
At midnight we must attack, But I have no fear, You are looking out for us. It is the signal. I have to go. It was wonderful to be with You.
I want also to tell You, and You know it, that the battle will be hard: it could be that, in this very night, I’ll come to knock at Your door. And even though up to now I haven’t been Your friend, When I come, will You let me come in?
But what’s this? Am I crying? My Lord God, You see what has happened: only now I’ve begun to see clearly…
Farewell, my God, I am going. It’s scarcely possible that I’ll return.
Strange; Death now has no fear for me.” — Aleksander Zatzepta
The above writing was found in the jacket of a Russian soldier, Aleksander Zatzepta, composed just a few moments before the battle in which he lost his life during World War II.
I am thankful for hope at the last minute. Perhaps hope to face death is needed even more than hope for living. Thankfully my God provides both.
Nick Vujicic is a man whose heart, soul, and life’s message is filled with hope, yet at first glance you may think he could be utterly hopeless. Nick is a Serbian-Australian man born in 1982 with a rare disorder of having no arms or legs. Sound like a hopeless way to start life?
Today — still without limbs — Nick is one of the most hopeful (overflowing-with-hope-kind-of) guys on the planet. He has shared a message of hope and inspiration to over 6 million people in almost 60 countries. He shares how he overcomes life’s challenges through hope found in Jesus Christ.
If Christ can fill Nick’s cup to overflowing, then consider He may have some life-changing hope to offer you. If interested, then go to lifewithoutlimbs.org to learn more. I thank God that Nick Vujicic rocks the planet with hope!
So where does this blogger’s hope originate (you may wonder)? My hope results from my faith, a gift of God neither deserved nor fully understood but appreciated by me (though not enough I admit). The greatest words to human hearts are from the one true living God, so my words mean little if I fail to share from His book of truth and wisdom, the Holy Bible.
If any verses that I include in my blog speak to your heart, then I invite you to read further. If you don’t have a Bible… no problem. Go to biblegateway.com and search for more of God’s Word.
Here’s some “hopeful” verses that may inspire you….
“BE STRONG AND LET YOUR HEART TAKE COURAGE, ALL YOU WHO HOPE IN THE LORD.” (Psalm 31:4)
“AND NOW, LORD, FOR WHAT DO I WAIT? MY HOPE IS IN THEE.” (Psalm 39:7)
“MY SOUL, WAIT IN SILENCE FOR GOD ONLY FOR MY HOPE IS FROM HIM.” (Psalm 62:5)
“FOR THOU ART MY HOPE; O LORD GOD, THOU ART MY CONFIDENCE….” (Psalm 71:5)
“AND HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT, BECAUSE THE LOVE OF GOD HAS BEEN POURED OUT WITHIN OUR HEARTS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WAS GIVEN TO US” (Romans 5:5)
“FOR WHATEVER WAS WRITTEN IN EARLIER TIMES WAS WRITTEN FOR OUR INSTRUCTION THAT THROUGH PERSEVERANCE AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE SCRIPTURES WE MIGHT HAVE HOPE.” (ROMANS 15:4)
“NOW MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING YOU MAY ABOUND IN HOPE BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” (Romans 15:13)
“I PRAY THAT THE EYES OF YOUR HEART MAY BE ENLIGHTENED SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW WHAT IS THE HOPE OF HIS CALLING, WHAT ARE THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF HIS INHERITANCE IN THE SAINTS.” (Ephesians 1:18).
I have hope to live my life even with its heartaches, problems, and pain.
Why? It’s because I have hope of a future life beyond this planet.
Where? I refer to heaven of course.
When? I don’t know, but it’s closer now than it’s ever been since I began my life on planet Earth. (In fact, the nearer my time of relocation gets, the more it appeals to me.)
How? There’s only one Way… through faith alone in Christ alone by His grace alone.
As you will discover, my blogs will often share a Christian worldview and with good reason. I am a heart transplant recipient (spiritually speaking)! I now possess a new heart and am a new creation redeemed by Christ and His completed work of salvation on the cross. Thank You, Jesus!
My aim in writing this blog is to promote hope for all who share our too often hopeless planet. I am extremely lacking in tech savviness to begin a blog but have an outstanding tech advisor who encouraged me to proceed. May each reader and fellow planet-dweller find that your life can be full of hope if you open your heart to receive it.