Where is Your Hope?
I have a question for you…”Where is your hope?” Is it in a person, situation or circumstance? Life as we have come to know it has drastically changed. The ways in which we earn a living, feed our families and interact with others is completely different from what we grown accustomed to. The landscape of our lives have changed so much, that it’s even altered our hope. Many religious people are no longer able to congregate and now they are disconnected from fellow parishioners and spiritual leaders.
Those of us who would normally travel to a physical job are now limited to checking in with our supervisors via an online virtual meeting. Reaching out to God, friends and family or our neighbors have been the ways in which we have placed our hope and received help in times of need. In this current day and time, when the problems of life show up at your door, where do you place your hope? It’s vitally important to understand what hope is and to ensure that we have our hope placed in a way that benefits our lives.
Let’s talk about hope for a moment. Oftentimes when you hear the word hope, it’s usually a substitution for the word wish. Phrases like...”I hope it will rain today?” or “I hope I’m able to meet my needs this month"...are usually indicative of wishful thinking. Wishful thinking can put you in an optimistic mood and maybe even get your spirits up a bit, however, when it comes to manifesting the things you desire, you will need more than a wish, you will need a fixed mindset that believes in the possibility of your desire being manifested.
Manifestation Requires Absolute Belief and Confidence
Have you ever heard the term, “have faith?” When you learn to work with universal laws and principles, you will discover the astonishing power of faith and belief. In order to manifest anything with the help of source, you need to have belief. When you believe something, you are absolutely convinced of it’s reality, it’s ability and likelihood of affecting an area of your life. Belief is mentally accepting the reality of something. In terms of what we are discussing, it’s having absolute faith and belief in the desires that you hold in your heart becoming a reality. In order to hold in your hand what you see in your mind’s eye, you will need to harness the power of hope.
The Greek word hope is “elpis”, which refers to having joy and confident expectation. Think of this for a moment. When you are expecting something good to happen, how does it affect you? You may put a smile on your face. You may get feelings and emotions of joy as you anticipate the situation. You may schedule your life and plans in order to make room for it and you will talk about it all the time. Even if the situation is 2 months from now, if you think about it now, it fills your heart with happiness and joy because you know it’s on the way to you. That is what true hope is...the joyous, confident expectation of something.
When it comes to where you are in your life right now, what are you expecting? What are you anticipating in your thoughts? What is your current emotional disposition? Are you expecting something great or are you expecting life to take a turn for the worse? I’m here to share with you that no matter where you find yourself in life this moment, having true hope can make it better!
How To Embody Hope
Now that you know what hope is, let’s examine a way to build hope while strengthening your belief towards what you desire to manifest. I’d like you to imagine you are waiting at an airport terminal for someone you love to arrive. You’ve made it to the airport early and checked the flight information to ensure that you are at the right gate and now you are just waiting for their arrival. Now, think of the airport as your life and the loved one as the realization of a goal, dream or desire. Here’s a good way to create expectation:
What To Expect
When you are using the power of confident expectation, aka hope...a key thing to remember is to focus on what you are expecting and not the time in which it should arrive. I have fallen into this trap many times in my life when I've been working on manifesting. I would get in my mind what I desire, do all the things to build up my expectancy but then, if it doesn’t show up by the end of the week, I lose hope. I get discouraged, throw my hands up and walk away. Once I learned that I was limiting the universe by expecting the manifestation to come a certain way, I shifted in my beliefs and started to see results. The universe is infinite, interconnected and works within the best seasons of our lives. When we understand that our job is to focus on the reality of our dreams rather than how it will occur, we set ourselves up for success. Always remember that the universe isn’t limited and doesn’t run according to your schedule.
Now that you have a better understanding of what hope is and how to use it, begin to stretch out your neck in anticipation and expectation of something amazing coming into your life today!
About The Author
Melvin D Nix is a spiritual teacher, author, and motivational speaker. He currently hosts a weekly broadcast called "Putting On The Pneu You," (pronounced New You) where he teaches how to apply universal spiritual concepts and principles in an easy to understand format so that anyone can apply them and see tangible results in their daily lives. pneuyou.com