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I pause here to ask what then should be ones attitude towards optimism? How much of hope is too much or too little? And when may someone even consider hope as an option? In the broadest sense I share some thoughts below but I do not seek to answer these questions. I only write to inspire a thinking among reader to ask the right questions as it may pertain to hope.
Hope always has a foundation. The foundation for hope is always the reason on which one may build the edifice of hope. Hope may be the spur of life but there is always a foundation on which one may or may not hope. Some foundations for hope may be, personal wealth or power, relations, family, authority of government or sometimes luck and chance. These foundations serves as the assumptions for the ‘hoping theory’. I hope and thus have learnt that of all the foundations there maybe to hope there is none stronger than the foundation of a personal relationship with God. Spirituality seeds optimism and Christianity should show the way because there is a profession of a Living God.
The substance of Hope. This is the actual terms of what it is that one hopes for. The substance of hope is as important as the foundation for hope. Optimism does not eliminate reason, it broadens the scope for reason. Thinking in phases of possibilities will not cloud you with fantasies. One should always define what exactly it is that they hope for, proceeding to ask honest and objective questions to refine the content and context of what is hoped for is prudence. Hope built from the promises of God is a sure pursuit!
Hope is not an end in itself. One does not hope and go to sleep. Hope must be pursued with faith and enthusiasm. Most people consider hoping as a destination instead of an inspiration for a journey.
We hope in quest for an intervention only God does provide. May we all who reflect on such as hope is, find God as our only foundation, essence and cause to hope. And May He who is God crown our pursuit as the Apostle Paul told the church in Colossae:
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossian 1:27