In a Hopeless World… Be the Hope

If you live in a city or town of any size, then tonight in your community someone is suffering and in despair.

This someone may be a man or a woman, an elderly pensioner all alone or a child who suffers for reasons he cannot fathom.

This person may be suffering because others have hurt him. He may be suffering due to loneliness and neglect, or even abuse. He may be suffering from illness that leaves him in pain. He may be suffering from addiction to alcohol and drugs.

If you live in a city of any size there are almost certainly many people around you suffering like this right now. Some through their own fault, some the innocent who suffer in through no fault of their own.

There is a time for righteous anger when we see the innocent suffer. But there is likewise a time for compassion for even those who have brought their own suffering upon themselves. After all, we know that all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. Each of us who has sinned has earned suffering and death, and yet we believe in God’s compassion, mercy and pardon for ourselves.

So in the morning, do something about it. There are organizations dedicated to helping the poor, the addicted, the diseased, the suffering. Volunteer. Give. Whatever you have to give, do it. Cast your bread upon the waters, for who can tell where it will go?

When you feel hopeless, when you feel alone, when you feel you have suffered too much to go on… Then pray to God, and I absolutely mean this literally, pray to God to lead you to some person who is suffering worse than yourself. If you can sit in comfort and read this, then they are out there. Pray to God for wisdom, make that prayer in faith, knowing He will give far beyond what you ask, and give it without reproach. Pray for wisdom like Solomon, for the purpose of finding a suffering person and the wisdom to help him.

Give blood. Have yourself tested for the possibility of giving bone marrow to a suffering leukemia patient. Make sure you are listed as an organ donor.

Yes, many of these organizations are corrupt. That does not mean your gift is lost or useless. When you give, do it for God. God loved us while we were still His enemies.

If you can, find someone who hates you and is suffering, and help him. Give your enemy the best you have to help him.

If you truly wish to do this, and ask in faith, God will give you the opportunity.

Find someone who hates you for your skin color, and is suffering, and help him. Find someone who hates you for your sex, and is suffering, and help her. Above all, find all you can who hate you for your faith, and are suffering, and help them.

When you are lonely, ask God to lead you to someone who is suffering and in need of comfort, and then find them. Volunteer at a nursing home, or the VA, or wherever you can find the abandoned elderly. Volunteer at a zoo, or a museum, or any place you can bring hope to children.

When you are depressed, ask God to lead you to someone who is more depressed, and help him. Look for support groups, and if they will allow your confession of faith, reach out. If they will not allow it, find another, as there are plenty out there.

When your friend asks for help, give him whatever he asks for. When your enemy asks for help, give him more, as much as you can, than he asks for.

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 11, KJV

And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward

Matthew 10:42, KJV

When you have become convinced that there is no hope, that you will always be alone, that you will never know love or peace in this life… Then become someone else’s hope. Love the unlovable. Offer peace to the undeserving enemy. If all you have is one good leg, help the man who has none. If all you have is one good eye, help the blind.

When you feel lost and alone and utterly hopeless, picture that child in your community who suffers tonight. Pray to God for that child, and find a way to help. When you feel you can’t go on, focus on those who are suffering despite their innocence right now, and find some way, no matter how small, to help them.

If all you have the power to do is pray, then you have the power to change the world. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. If all you have is the tiniest grain of faith, you have the power to move a mountain.

So if you are so weak, and your suffering is so great, that you cannot even get up, then don’t. Pray. But pray not for yourself, but others. Pray that God will use you as an avenue of blessing for others. Pray that God will use you, even if it leads you to greater suffering, to aid the lost and dying. Give everything, to the last breath.

And the world will know hope still lives.

The links must flow…

Ah, the Brits…

NO to pearls before dogs and swine…

Gunner’s own private Idaho…

Saw this coming…

Shrooms will get you every time…

This seems appropriate….

On Christian sci-fi…



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2 responses to “In a Hopeless World… Be the Hope

  1. This is a great one 🙋

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