advent | day twelve.

I want to talk about hope for a minute. Because its day twelve of #samjyogaadvent and the theme is HOPE 😌 but also, because I need this reminder.

We all have dreams; we want to be in love, married, parents, successful, whatever. We want these things, but they don’t always happen the way we think they should. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick… (Proverbs 13:12a NIV)

That hurts, man, when our dreams don’t really line up with our reality, when what we want our life to look like is what it is. I have this struggle sometimes on the daily.

But I have to say to you and to myself: choose hope.

When those dreams meet reality, and it hurts… choose. hope.

I know that’s easier said than done, because it’s easier for me to say it than it is for me to do it myself. But I know it’s right. I know it’s right because that’s been my experience, but also because I see it over and over and over again in the Bible.

I read about people like Abraham, Moses, David, Esther, the Apostles, and Paul, and I see these giants of faith and Hope who suffered and persevered; and it was in that suffering and perseverance that their hope was defined. In fact, Paul even says so himself in Romans 2:

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (5:3-5 NLT)

In seasons of suffering, God is there for relationship building, character building, and hope building. Hope built in suffering is strong and formidable hope, because it is not reliant on fleeting circumstances. It’s not dependent on the here and now but rooted in this unchanging love of God for us through Jesus.

So choose hope. When you’re longing for something still unrealized, hope for the future promised to us by God. When life doesn’t look like you thought it would by now, hope for the good that God promised to work in our lives. And when your heart is sick, choose hope because you are loved. 💕

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