Monday Makeover (Attitude): Faith Requires Hope

The writing journey is a faith journey.  It is a journey fraught with setbacks and trials.  A journey that requires our keeping our eyes on what is unseen rather than on what is seen.  If we kept looking at what is seen (rejections, failures, delays, etc.), most of us would give up. 

What keeps us moving forward on this writing faith journey?  The answer is hope.

Hope is the undergirding of faith. Scripture tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  In other words, we must first have hope before we can have faith because faith needs hope to turn that hope into reality. Without hope, faith has nothing to work with.

Hope is the blueprint of our faith, the inner picture of what we desire.  Without this inner picture, faith has nothing to bring into reality.  Apostle Guillermo Maldonado puts it like this:  “Faith is the material your miracle is made of.”  

In what condition is your hope?  Have you given it up?  Or are you holding on to it, even for dear life?  

You may not yet have developed enough faith to bring your hope into reality, but don’t give up your hope.  Keep hoping and keep building your faith at the same time.  One day soon, your faith will turn your hope into reality.
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Copyright 2013 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

 

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2 thoughts on “Monday Makeover (Attitude): Faith Requires Hope

  1. MaryAann,
    I love how you have shown that hope and faith are intertwined. I think it is a circular relationship too. When I hold on to hope and see those things come to reality, it increases my faith and gives me reason to have more hope. It spirals out and gets bigger and stronger.
    I see this in my own life. I wrote a children’s story and shared it with a friend in hopes she would like it. It gave me faith that I could write one for the church bulletin. Those gave me hope to try writing a short story for a contest. That story turned into a novel.
    Hope and faith, strengthening eachother and reaching farther and farther out expanding my impact for the Kingdom of God.

    • Thank you so much, Kristy, for your insightful comments. Your observation that hope and faith form a circular relationship is a wonderful way of looking at those two gifts. How special that this circular relationship enabled you to write a story that eventually turned into a novel. Praise the Lord!

      Thank you for taking the time to post. I deeply appreciate your doing so.

      Blessings,

      MaryAnn