Hope is like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. It propels us to persevere in times of struggle. It whisks us along when we don’t know what else to do. Hope carries us when life seems at its worst. It also acts as a prelude for receipt of many other virtues. For example, if I want to lose weight, I would need the virtues of self-control and temperance to successfully lose the weight; but, without hope at the onset, how could self-control and temperance ever take hold? If I feel defeated before starting, then how could I ever achieve my goal? So, I must have hope always, to grow in any other specific virtue. Therefore, hope is the wind beneath all virtue; propelling us forward to do good; aiding us in growing closer to God!
How Hope is the Wind Beneath All Virtue
Here’s an example of how hope is the wind beneath all virtue: I’m presently going through some discernment struggles. I’m at a crossroads, seeking direction for my life. As I pray for the virtues of discernment, knowledge, wisdom, counsel and understanding, I must first have hope in Christ’s promises. If I have no hope, then why bother asking for the other virtues? This is what I mean when I say that hope acts as a prelude to obtaining other virtues. I place my hope in Christ, that He will guide me in accordance with His will. When He sees fit, the fog will clear. He will enlighten my path. Of that I am sure; of that I am filled with hope!
If we have hope, we have a reason to live; to pursue the happiness that awaits us in eternal life. We pursue that happiness because “…hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5).
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