No matter where we live in the world, our hope for a brighter future is ALWAYS under attack.
On Sunday, February 9th, I hopped on a plane with 10 coworkers to serve on our bi-annual trip to Nicaragua. For the past 6 years, we have teamed up with Chosen Children Ministries to serve the incredible children in Nicaragua. During our trip, we built a workshop for a local shoemaker, served food daily to 100 children at school, shared fun Bible stories each day with 50 kids in the neighborhood, led business workshops with some incredible business owners, and even threw a baby shower for a mother.
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
As I reflect on the purpose of our trip- the WHY behind what we do when we offer company-wide mission trips- I realized that while there are very practical needs that we meet, the greater calling upon us is to be givers of hope. It occurred to me that no matter where we live in the world; whether it is in a barrio in Nicaragua or in suburban America, our hope for a brighter future is ALWAYS under attack. The struggles at first look very different, but when you peel back the layers, the struggles look strangely familiar.
How will I provide for my family?
How do I stay healthy?
What do I do with my job or business?
Am I living out my true purpose?
So what do we do when we are faced with these questions and the flood of worry that never ceases to come along with them? How do we become givers of hope when we feel the hopelessness ourselves?
One very simple and impactful thing we can do is to look outward. When we struggle, we tend to isolate ourselves. We focus on OUR problems, OUR trials, OUR frustrations. We sometimes get into a dark place in our heads and think that we've been dealt an unfair hand or think that "Everyone else seems to be fine...it's just me. I'm the only one struggling." That could not be farther from the truth.
John 16:33 says "In this world you may have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world."
None of us are immune to struggle but when we begin to focus outwardly--offering a smile, a helping hand, a word of encouragement--something in our hearts change, and hope begins to creep in. Hope spreads its wings and helps you breathe a little easier as it takes over the worry.
You may not be on a mission trip this morning, but I'm 100% certain that someone around you needs you to deal some hope into their situation. Have courage, despite your own struggles and spread some hope today.