Today I met a man named Sam, (his real name). He had a stroke ten years ago and now walks with great difficulty and works out at the same gym I attend. I made a point to introduce myself to him because the guy is so inspiring. I have written about him previously. To look at him I would guess he did not have an abundance of wealth and possibly what he did have was spent on medical expenses. Yet there was something about him that drew me to him, there was something about him. He had hope. He never said that, I just knew it.
We all meet those in life who should probably have no hope due to their circumstances but are filled with it, to the point it overflows into other people and situations. And we have met those who by all measures should be filled with hope, but, for some reason they are hopeless, empty and have nothing to give away.
I say, when you don’t have hope, look for it, find that person who does and ask them if you may borrow some until yours comes back. When you do have hope, look for those who do not have it and give it away.
“Mark Twain wrote, “Lord, save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.” Be a hope tree.
Life is about discovering good news and GIVING IT AWAY!
Hope is the most valuable currency you can own and carry. Money, gold, stocks, etc. will not bring one Hope. What if you read the following in Forbes magazine? “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches.” You would take that as sound investment advice. You would diversify your portfolio and might even invest in socially conscious type causes to prevent hunger or some type disease. Now what about the rest of the following sentences? “Not to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”
If you knew that came from the Bible you might be closed to it’s wisdom. But it does. “Be generous and ready to share.” I am on the lookout for people who are generous and ready to share. In money, in resources, in talent, in hope. Can money, influence and affluence benefit the world? Absolutely. Can an abundance of hope when given away change the world? Without a doubt.