14
Mar

what’s been missing

I have no idea what’s going on. No clue why things are different this week than they were last. I don’t know how to explain the improvement in how I feel. But, believe me when I say, there’s a huge variance.

All I know is that I have been frustrated, depressed, eating like a boar hog and gaining weight for three months. And now, I feel like I have a little hope. Hope that I can get myself and my feelings a little more under control.

Hope.

That’s what’s been missing.

Gotta love hope!

Of  love, hope, and charity — hope is the one that suffereth the most. Love is easier than hope. Charity is easier than hope. It’s so dang easy to lose hope.

“These three good friends—faith, hope, and charity—become stronger because of their association with each other. Perhaps what is most important about them is that they exist together. The charitable woman is also the hopeful, faithful woman. Hence, when a woman loses hope, she will also lose faith and charity.

This is a major connection. I have known women who have let go of hope yet claimed to maintain faith. It appears from the interlacing of these qualities that if we lack one, we will soon lack the others. Let us cling to our faith, our hope, and our charity, remembering that upon this trio hangs our well-being, now and forever.” [Julie Beck]

I heard Gerald Lund on an interview Sunday while driving home from Tracy’s. I hurried and called her and told her to listen in.

Faith, Hope, and Charity are knows as the three great Christian virtues. And while we may feel as though we know how to exercise faith or extend charity, too many of us are overlooking hope—even though it is exactly what we are seeking. We all seek hope. We all need hope. We all survive with hope.

Hope is more than an attitude of ‘good cheer’ or a generalized faith in God. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf defined hope as “the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises to us.” In Look Up, My Soul, Elder Lund leads us through a discussion of the doctrine of hope in such depth and detail, and with such love, that we may be surprised at this unexpected and under-appreciated power that is available to us.

I guess I never thought about it much before, but I never realized there was such a thing as the doctrine of hope. Suddenly, it makes perfect sense to me, now.

Elder Lund talks about the realities of life in our day, the reasons many of us lack hope, and the need for hope in our time. He shares his insights on such questions as:

  • What is hope?
  • How does hope relate to faith and charity?
  • How do we gain, strengthen, and maintain our hope, especially in times of despair?
  • What role does the Savior play in our efforts to develop hope?
  • What are the divine promises that foster hope?
  • We can all benefit from the reality that invites us to look up and to find joy in the promises the Lord has made to us.

    Hope is more than just a wish that things will get better; it is a power that makes things better. It is a spiritual gift from God, and with His help, we can make hope a vital and vibrant part of our everyday life and of our eternal spiritual survival.

    Satan doesn’t want us to have hope! He wants our lives to be so chaotic, frustrating, so overwhelming and painful that we lose all hope and then he can operate in our lives with little or no effort on his part. He wants us to give up. He wants us to fall apart and fall away.

    I choose hope!

    This picture gives me all sorts of hope because when I see it, I remember feeling just like that. I remember how amazingly wonderful it felt and I remember how strong I felt. I remember knowing God loves me and I remember loving myself. That’s enough for me right now.

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