1 Peter 1:13
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
The word hope has many synonyms. Although they’re similar in concept, they vary greatly. Two synonyms are plan, and daydream, while two more are goal and wish. Plan and goal are words we use when we are committed to the pursuit of something. While daydreams and wishes are pleasant ways to pass the time.
So my question to you today is this. The dreams that you have, are you managing your time in order to make them a destination, or are they pleasant distractions that occupy your days? I ask this, not to be confrontational, but encouraging.
If the answer to the first question is yes, then start working. You still have time to turn any reasonable daydream into a goal. I emphasize reasonable because I know someone will question me. It maybe true that an eighty year old could not do a triple backflip off a trapeze. However, they could responsibly parachute from a plane.
Don’t allow the level of difficulty to define the reasonableness of your dream. Grandma Moses proved you could start a second chapter near the end of her life. Time will be a factor, but it must be evaluated along side all of them. It, along with other obstacles, are only variables in the equation of your goal.
As you evaluate your hope, there are factors we must ask. What will it cost? This isn’t merely a monetary question. It relates to the relationships in our lives, the time involved, and the benefits it will bring. If the cost is less than the return, proceed. If not, reevaluate your goal.
Reconsidering doesn’t necessarily mean giving up. It may simply mean that your goal of being a famous guitarist becomes a hobby that brings joy to those around you. If necessary, resize your goals, but don’t automatically discard them.
In my opinion, the overarching factor in any goal in our lives is this. Will it bring value to others? If the answer is yes, then we go forward. When the answer is no, we should leave it behind. When we know this hope was something that God placed inside us, then pursue at His pace.
As my Pastor Denny Livingston has taught me, timing is everything. At times, our goals aren’t achieved, not because of our zeal, but by misreading the clock. God’s watch doesn’t measure time the same way that we do. His timing is, “when it’s the right time”.
Too many times mine is simply “when I want it.” Needless to say, His timing achieves my purpose, but my timing could derail it. That is why The Bible advises us to seek His will. He will reveal the proper time to us when we wait on Him.
True hope brings life. This is why Our Savior took a straight road to Calvary, the hope of saving you and I. We must trod the path He has called us to take. Our hopes will not have the same impact as Calvary had, but He could empower them to point others towards it.
If you have a hope, given you by God, invest in it. Plan for it, make a goal sheet. Let nothing stop you from making it a reality. If it brings joy to others, it has value. Hopes are meant to transform lives. Just as our greatest hope will soon be realized. We will see the face of Jesus, and hear Him say, “Well done”.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.