We are able to handle our day to day life because we can see
ahead of each day. We can put up with circumstances that grind down our
spirit if we have a hope for the future. When any outside influence, be
it another person, a family, a company, an organization, or a government
takes away our hope for the future then we are truly diminished.
In a circumstance where an outside influence diminishes our
hope, we must battle to retain it. Our ability to hold in our heart and
mind a vision of tomorrow is the ingredient that keeps us going today.
Men will battle against incredible odds of success on nothing more than
a vision of tomorrow. Some men have a vision of wealth or fame. Other
men have smaller visions. Some men have no vision at all. When our
vision of tomorrow is cut off we must construct a new vision or turn to
a source that turns our present darkness into Light.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the
light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but
shall have the light of life. (KJV)
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the
Acts 26:6 And now it is because of my hope in what God has
promised our fathers that I am on trial today. (NIV)
We must not languish in the darkness without a light of hope.
What would be ideal would be to have within us a hope that is
We need to find a person that defeated death. We need to find a
person that was a martyr. We need to find a person full of life and
wisdom, both before and after their martyrdom, yet came back from death.
If we could find such a person we would have a person to believe in.
Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek
Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here:
behold the place where they laid him. (KJV)
Even when we found find this person who came back from death, we
would still need a daily hope or a daily power to give us meaning and
purpose in our life.
John 14:16 .And I will ask the Father, and he will give you
another Counselor to be with you forever-- 17 the Spirit of truth. (NIV)
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you
another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (KJV)
Eternity in heaven could start for any of us in the next few
seconds or it may be years away. However, we cannot just live for
eternity. We must have a consuming, believable, achievable passion for
the next day. That consuming, believable, achievable passion must come
from a consuming, believable, achievable mission. A mission is bigger
than a goal or an objective. A mission is a consuming passion and vision
you take with you to the grave. Some goals are only momentary. Some are
daily. Some are weekly, monthly, or yearly. However, a mission
transcends all of these.
A mission is a charge or purpose. A goal is an aim, an object, a
purpose, an intent, or an objective.
When we cannot believe or see the future, we become a lost
creature. In nearly every religion, there is, embedded in the belief, a
portrayal of a future.
When a man or a woman loses hope then he or she essentially
loses his or her future and his or her life. Some persons lose hope
because they have made mistakes and they must carry the consequences
rest of their lives. Some persons lose hope because they have acquired
habits that have made them a veritable prisoner. Some persons lose hope
because they believe they are not worthy or are failures and these
persons have given up trying to succeed.
Our ability to see a believable and achievable tomorrow is what
makes us get out of bed in the morning. When the ultimate adversity
comes into our life like losing a loved one or losing our health, we
absolutely must find a believable and achievable tomorrow. For some
people this idea of tomorrow needs to be nothing more than looking
forward to a TV re-run. For others, their idea of a believable and
achievable tomorrow must contain a vision of heaven.
1 Timothy 4:9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full
acceptance 10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our
hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of
those who believe. (NIV)