During this Lent, let us fast from discouragement and feast on hope.
Discouragement deprives us of confidence and enthusiasm. It removes our belief that things can improve and deters us from taking any positive action. We lose heart. Discouragement demoralizes us but hope encourages us. Hope does believe that things will improve. We are confident that we can do better. Hope is proactive. In the face of apparent impossibilities, hope believes it can find a way.
In You, O God, is my hope.
What are the sources of my discouragement? How can I transform this situation with hope?
God has said, ”Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So say with confidence, ”God is my helper. I will not be afraid.”
With human beings it is impossible, but to God all things are possible.
I can do all things through the One who strengthens me.
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
Thich Nhat Hanh
We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr
We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
John F. Kennedy
When discouraged some people will give up, give in or give out far too early. They blame their problems on difficult situations, unreasonable people or their own inabilities.
When discouraged other people will push back that first impulse to quit, push down their initial fear, push through feelings of helplessness and push ahead. They’re less likely to find something to blame and more likely to find a way through.
I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas Alva Edision
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Robert H. Schuller
God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us — in the dreariest and most dreaded moments — can see a possibility of hope.
Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
Martin Luther King, Jr.