20 Oct How to Renew Your Hope After Losing It: Part Two
How to Renew Your Hope After Losing It: Part Two
3 Practical Applications
Hope is so important to human life. Along with faith and love, it is the oxygen of the human soul. With it, we can overcome any obstacle. Without it, even simple tasks in life feel overwhelming and debilitating.
In the first part of this two-post series, we discussed 3 general ways we can renew our hope by using our God-given resources to help others.
In this post, we will explore 3 practical ways we can apply those resources and get involved while our hopes get renewed.
Let’s look at each one together.
A great place to start giving our time, treasure, and talent is in the surrounding community. We can partner with local churches and get involved with some of the programs they offer to people in the local community. Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and orphanages also offer opportunities to help. Many communities have additional programs to get involved in schools. Some look to mentor programs and others look for inspiring speakers to go and motivate the students. Other options may include shelters for battered or abused women and children. Clothing donations are another option. The benefit in giving in these areas is to see first-hand the response people who need hope. You give them hope by giving to them. And when you do, your own hope gets renewed.
Online Ministry Support
In today’s society, virtual is the way to go. We do practically everything online. We shop, place orders, look for jobs, find entertainment, learn, connect with others, and do many other activities using the internet. Many entrepreneurial-like ministries have become a part of this new way of life. As such, they have built online ministries that reach out and meet the needs of certain demographics. This is done through books, blogs, podcasts, online help forums, etc. Another way to give hope and in turn renew your own is to partner with an online ministry. You can give time by reading and engaging in online discussions. You can give treasure by donating to support the mission and vision of the ministry. And you can give talent by offering your services as part of the team as well. The benefit of partnering with an online ministry is the broad reach you will have. You hope can be spread to hundreds, thousands, and even millions of people with just one click of a button.
Share Your Story What you have gone through while trying to help someone you love
What you have gone through while trying to help someone you love get off of drugs and alcohol may have left you feeling hopeless. The key is to know that many other people feel the exact same way. They too have loved one who are struggling with addictions. They’ve also heard the promises that have yet to have been kept. And guess how they feel? Hopeless. Just like we have felt.
The good news is that you don’t have to be 100 yards ahead to help someone. You just have to be one step ahead. Maybe you’ve found some ways to renew your hope in spite of the situation that you can share with someone else. Doing so may actually encourage your own faith and spark a new hope inside of you. What you went through does not have to be wasted. You can use your pain to encourage someone else. And when you do, you will find that your hope is refreshed just like the person who gets new hope from your story feels refreshed as well.
By getting involved in these ways, our focus will shift. Instead of seeing the people we are trying to help stay the same – stay addicted to drugs and alcohol without changing in spite of promises to do so – we will see others helped through our giving.
So, go out and renew your hope. Give and it will be given to you (Luke 6:38).
You have been blessed to go out and be a blessing.