Rest Stop (Monday) … there’s always hope

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hope-in-focus (Credit: Natalie Swartzendruber

I do my best to have hope and faith in people and our world, but it’s not always easy.  There’s a lot in the world today that, if focused on, will bring down even the happiest person.  Where is the source of my hope?  My sense of hope originates in my faith and trust in God, demonstrated through the acts of kindness seen every day, if we are looking for them.  God cannot be “seen”, but I feel that if we look for the kindness in others, there is where we “see” God.  God is found in this world in the acts of kindness of others.  And when we experience these acts of kindness we recognize, once again, that sense of hope.  But, it’s not always easy.

How can we keep up an inner sense of hope and faith in God active in our world when we have days where the negative actions of others overwhelm us?  The only answer I have is to change our perspective.  To change the way I see the world and others around me.  I often write and reflect on the need to change perspective, so when I recently came across this story I had to share it.  I do not know the author of the story, but it’s been making the rounds of social media.  Please spend a moment reflecting on the moral of the story; the need for us to change our perspective on life, no matter what life throws our way.

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trapped burro (credit: unknown)

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.  The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.  Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.  He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.  They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.  At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.  A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well.  He was astonished at what he saw.  With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing.  He would shake it off and take a step up.  As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

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10 thoughts on “Rest Stop (Monday) … there’s always hope

  1. I have heard that an elderly Church Warden who had spent many years on the road with Christ always shook a thoughtful head when listening to the famous words in 1Corinthians 13′ he staunchly believed that HOPE not love was the greatest of the three!🐣

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  2. What great insight to a topic that bewilders so many. I know I have been ridiculed on my very own ability to have such hope and faith in good things to come. I think it has something to do with appreciating what we have, realizing we are all blessed and that things could always be so much worse then what a bad day may have given us. So many people around the world that struggle with finding a bite to eat or obtaining medication to cure a disease most first world countries haven’t seen in decades or more. The donkey in the well story reminds me of the simple saying about making lemonade out of lemons. Keep writing you have a gift and thanks for sharing it with us! =) Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny aka SmilieMommy =)

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  3. this came to my e-mail box on a night i really needed it. i recognize the urgency of having hope in this lifetime even though it increasingly seems that people are eager to brandish the very idea, to mock it, to dismiss it. Hope is a lost art — i think possibly because hope takes time. We are lost in a world that is speeding along, a world where distraction takes the place of logic, blurs reality, and blots out hope.

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