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As people who read this blog on a regular basis know, my husband is getting older. I scheduled a doctor’s appointment for his birthday as it was the only day they were both available. He was nervous about the appointment because he is overweight and has some blood pressure issues. He went in, got the results from more than 20 different tests that were run, and got a new prescription from his doctor. He must eat pancakes and real maple syrup twice a week. He had no other problems. His prostate, cholesterol, a heart condition, all were fine. Who but a kind and merciful God could grant such great results considering what there was to work with? In sum, this ends a wonderful celebratory season for our family and we thank God for the many blessings he has given us.
Often we live life afraid. We are afraid to get our health checked out because of bad news that may be discovered. We are afraid to search our children’s bookbags because of what we may discover. We are afraid to have hard discussions with our employees because we are afraid of their reactions. Let today be the day you stop letting fear rule your actions. Instead of being ruled by fear, be ruled by hope. When we are hopeful, we do not know what will happen, but we act anyway. When we are hopeful we open ourselves to the possibility that good things can happen.
Take a moment to think about it. You have two choices – you can be ruled by fear or by hope. You can always be scared something bad will happen or you can always anticipate a good thing about to happen. You know you would rather live with hope than with fear. So, do something about it. Start living with hope. This means to open the mail, answer the phone, and have the hard conversations. Sometimes, the news will be bad, but so what! Sometimes the news will be good. More importantly, you will feel better about whatever comes down the road.
Take a moment now to determine how you are going to do things differently now that you have decided to be ruled by hope rather than fear. What things will you avoid? What things will you go after with open arms? Hope is a good thing, use it and enjoy the benefits it brings to your life.