Hope Every Morning by acclaimed author Wellington Boone is a 30-day journey to hope in the form of a daily devotional.
All of us make daily choices. We decide to be happy and full of hope or we decide to be sad and full of despair. We make up our minds whether the stuff going on around us will get us down or we will rise above it and take on hope.
If you aren’t careful, negative thoughts can dominate your thought-life. You can dwell on disturbing news stories and sad personal experiences and bad things that have happened to you or to others you know. That’s why you need hope. Hope defeats death and despair and releases you from the pain of the past into a new life of joy and power.
Jeremiah lamented, “He has filled me with bitterness.
He has given me a cup of deep sorrow to drink.
He has made me grind my teeth on gravel.
He has rolled me in the dust. Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is.”
Then he exclaimed—“Yet I still dare to hope” (Lamentations 3:15-18, 21).
Do you still have the courage to hope? News anchors don’t know what else to do with all the bad reports they receive so they unload them on you. When you listen to all that negative news, it stays in your mind unless you make one important decision: You must dare to hope! Decide to remain hopeful regardless of the news, the people around you, or your own personal crises. Dare to hope!
Hope is enduring. It comes from God. It gives you vision so you can flourish in the midst of apparent failure. It gives you the strength to overcome negatives. It is a character quality of Christ-likeness that can be developed through habits of hope.
Hope is an enduring quality, but if you are not vigilant you can allow yourself to lose hope. Anyone can focus on the negatives. It takes a mature person to focus on hope and positive outcomes, but it’s worth it.
Every day for 30 days, this devotional will show you how to look at life from a hope perspective. It will develop qualities of Christ-like hope to make you strong and help you to create an environment of hope for yourself and those around you.
The prophet Habakkuk rejoiced in the God of hope Who was greater than his negative circumstances. He said even though everything seemed to be going wrong, “yet I will rejoice in the LORD!”