“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
I’ve always found this Bible verse about hope to be really fascinating. You always hear about faith and love. Those are the two pinnacles of the Christian faith upon which everything else is built. But how often do you hear about hope? Very rarely. But that’s why I find this verse about hope to be really inspirational. But in this verse, I find a danger. I don’t think that most people really have that great of an understanding of what real hope is. So much of the time we waste our hopes on things that prove hollow in the end. We waste our hopes on material possessions and ambitions thinking that what we can have and accomplish will lead us to the happiness, meaning, and satisfaction that we thought it would. But in the light of eternity, most of the things we put our hope in really aren’t worthy of our hope.
But that’s why real hope is something powerful, even as powerful as faith and love. Once I learned to start placing my hope in things that make an eternal impact — things like building up relationships and becoming a better man — then I started really feeling filled with hope. I didn’t just hope for a nice car, and big house and a good career. Those things aren’t really ever going to bring true satisfaction or meaning. Only things of eternal significance are worth hoping in.