Joanne and I are in Chicago for our annual pre-Christmas excursion. The weather is bitter cold and the streets are not as crowded with shoppers this year. And the sidewalks have all too many people with quickly constructed cardboard signs who are hoping to capture the sympathy of passing shoppers.
I saw one sign that said:
Lost my Job
Lost my Home
Lost my Hope
What’s the next step? Is this really an inevitable sequence? I was reading this morning about the inventions that are coming out of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The tagline on the story said, “When you have nothing, anything is possible.”
This is a season for hope – not despair. Hope or optimism is not about denying reality; it’s about seeing the possibilities for creating a better reality than you currently have.
Yes, I’ve always been accused of being a glass-half-full kind of guy because I really do believe that every problem brings with it the seed of a solution, and I believe that the search for a solution can itself be inspiring and hopeful. If you lose hope, you will not be looking for solutions and will miss them even it they pass right in front of your nose.
More can be gained by focusing on those talents and gifts you know God has given you. Focus on what you’re moving to, not what you’re moving from. Circumstances beyond your control may lead to losing your job and maybe your home – but losing hope is a choice. Remember, “When you have nothing, anything is possible.”