The Power of Being Hopeful

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. – Hebrews 6:19

This is one of my favorite verses. This verse reminds me of the power and the promise of our Heavenly Father.unnamed

What is hope? Hope to me is an all-knowing attitude that something good is and will happen despite how things may look. The image in my mind was not that of the familiar boat in the storm with the anchor securely keeping it in place but the image of a child’s playground game. I’ve never played this game or seen this game played. I could not shake this image from my mind.

According to Wikipedia, tetherball is a game for two opposing players. The equipment consists of a stationary metal pole, from which is hung a volleyball from a rope or tether. The two players stand on opposite sides of the pole. Each player tries to hit the ball one way: one clockwise, and one counterclockwise. The game ends when one player manages to wind the ball all the way around the pole so that it is stopped by the rope.

I know what you’re thinking. “Tonya, what does this have to do with hope?” Like I said I could not shake this image. Let me explain in a way that I understood the image to mean. Let’s compare hope to an anchor via a game of tetherball.unnamed

Tetherball requires a stationary pole, rope, ball and players. In “our game” of tetherball God represents (stationary pole), hope (rope), soul (ball) and circumstances (players). Follow me so far? In other words it looks something like this: When the circumstances of life “hit” you in your soul it is important to stay hopeful and remain anchored to God.

Isaiah 49:23 says “those who hope in Him will not be disappointed.” Do not lose hope. There is no limit to the victories in your life without the power of hope.

Putting your hope in material things is only temporary and leads to nowhere. Wealth and possessions can be lost or stolen, relationships can end and job’s taken away, but look past your situation to see God’s promises he has for you. “May the God of hope fill you up with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).  –Tonya


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Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.


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