By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
None of us can live without hope
Glenn Mollette
Glenn Mollette

There is much you and I can’t do anything about. 

You can’t stop aging.

There are many illnesses you can’t do much about. You can see the finest doctors and obtain the latest medications and procedures but they aren’t always a silver bullet for health.

Hope keeps us going. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’” The passage was written Jewish people exiled to Babylon under the siege of Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C.

The writer of the words was giving the people a word of encouragement, help and hope to not give up but to keep living life and to go forward with their lives in spite of their circumstances. Things would eventually change and they would return to their homeland but it would be 70 years before it would occur. 

It’s not easy to go forward in spite of the circumstances. We often face challenges that cause us to lose hope. When we lose hope, we give up. The smallest ray of hope keeps us going. We hold on to that small ray of sunshine hoping for a breakthrough. Every day, sick people hope that the latest chemo or radiation treatment will bring some relief, extension of life, and maybe a little better quality of life. The hope keeps them trying one more time. 

When we have a little bit of hope, we are willing to get up in the morning. When we have hope, we are willing to try a little longer. 

The will to keep seeking answers, searching for a cure, or a reason to stay committed depends on one key factor. Is there any hope? Sometimes hope comes from the doctor who says, “We won’t give up. We will try something else.” 

Everyone needs some of this today regardless of who you are. I hope in the months ahead that you can see some financial breakthroughs in your life. That your inner being is filled with optimism and that you feel there is some future for you in this world.  

May this be true for all of us. 

—  Dr. Glenn Mollette is an author and his column is published in over 600 publications in all 50 states.