It’s amazing how important hope is in life.

Whenever I read 1 Corinthians 13:13, I have always tended to focus on the faith and love aspects of the verse and never really thought about why Paul included hope in this list.

I guess as long as you continue to live with hope as a centerpiece for your daily existence, you can tend to take it for granted. Never, though, have I understood its importance more than now.

The absence of hope in a life is debilitating to the soul. Hopelessness is a thief of joy, contentment and everything that is wonderful about this gift we have today called the PRESENT.

It robs you of your ability to embrace and thrive in the moment by shifting your focus to a lack of future possibility and suffocating your present in this kind of thick fog of despair.

In my humble opinion, there is only one way to escape the presence of this thief and regain the all-to-important hope for the future…look back.

Take a second and think about all the difficult, life-altering, tear-inducing and painful times in your life and remember how God guided you through it all. How He ever so gently reminded you of His love for you – the individual. Not a nameless, faceless person in a sea of humanity. The unique, one-of-a-kind creation He designed.

The encouraging note from an old friend…that was Him.

The check in the mail when you were down to your last few dollars…Him again.

The job opportunity that presented out of thin air…His whispered reminder of how special you are and how He will continue to be with you.

God has been such an ever-present source of provision in my life it’s near impossible for me to look back and not be filled with hope for the future.

Of course, I will still have my days, weeks and possibly even months of being trapped in the fog of hopelessness, but I can always come back and rest on God’s Word…

“For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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