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Hope Is Patience with the Lamp Lit – Tertullian

Hope Is Patience with the Lamp Lit – Tertullian

Hope is a required element in building a successful and extraordinary life.  At some point, we will all have to work to keep the flame of hope lit in our life.  Sometimes that path toward success is not always clear, and sometimes the odds of success are so small, it’s difficult to even believe that success is still possible. 

If the medical report comes back negative or you can’t find a job and the bills are starting to pile up.  When you have been continually beat down by a toxic relationship or your friends and family have stopped believing in you.  When you have let your emotions overwhelm you and suppress your power.  It’s time to make sure your lamp of hope is still lit. 

Hope is that burning desire for success coupled with an expectation that given enough time it will be fulfilled.  Have you stopped expecting success from yourself?

Faith breeds hope, hope breeds action, and with action we can bring the object of our hope to reality.  Remind yourself that success is not something that happens quickly, it’s a result of consistent action over a long period of time.  Stay patient, stay hopeful, and keep believing in yourself!

Hope Is Patience with the Lamp Lit – Tertullian
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  1. This seed is extremely well written and important. So many times, I have wondered if I’d ever get through my anxiety, but I have remained hopeful. Without hope, it is even harder to push ourselves to make a consistent effort to get better and without making these consistent efforts to get better, we will never improve our lives. It may seem difficult to have hope in difficult times, but it is essential to have in order to overcome our obstacles. Thank you for the wonderful reminder and for sharing it in such a kind way!

  2. I was wanting to re-post this inspirational message but couldn’t get over a hurdle which was stopping me intuitively; hope can be a two-edged sword and may not be a prerequisite for “building a successful and extraordinary life” as the author has asserted. When it is a placebo, for example. In fact, misplaced hope, like the kind which makes people spend money on lottery tickets instead of food, can be a deterrent to getting out of whatever hole the subject may be in.

    • Thanks for the comment Joseph. Yes, obviously misplaced anything will be detrimental, I’m simply saying have hope, but that hope must be coupled with constructive action. Having hope that things or your life can and will get better is a key ingredient if your want a more “successful” life than you have now because that starts the process. If you have no hope for things to get better why would you take action? Thanks for the comment!

  3. Without hope, life would be meaningless. I find it interesting that in the Greek myth of Pandora, a small flit of hope was the last thing to follow the slew of horror unleashed. The ancients recognized the need for it as should we.

  4. Thank you for the words of inspiration and hope. I enjoyed reading your blog. It was refreshing!

  5. Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. When hope is paired with the certainty and dependency on our Maker’s hand guiding us through the paths that we have chosen, and His blessing is upon what we are hoping for, then all we have to do is the action plan to make it happen. If the plan would not have His blessing, then the work would be an arduous one, and eventually an unfruitful processes. All we have to do is make sure we are serving the Lord in our plan, and His blessing will be upon us.

  6. There is a proverb, I believe, that teaches, “The heart without hope is sick.” Touché!

  7. Yes, and you will become stronger as you go.

  8. “your friends and family have stopped believing in you. When you have let your emotions overwhelm you and suppress your power.” Well that cuts to the quick. Even if that isn’t true, if it’s how you perceive yourself, it’s rough. Hope here is more than just blind hope, it’s also believing in yourself, that you will be able to do what needs to be done to get through whatever tough spot you’re in. Hope and effort are a winning combination. I’m really happy I subscribed to this blog. I love getting these wonderful messages everyday. 🙂

  9. I enjoyed this point of view but I have a problem with hope. I am an all or bothing person and for me hope is whitewashed doubt. When someone says “I hope that things will get better” or “Dad is real sick I hope he gets well soon” Either you believe or you don’t, Hope is this middle grey area to me. If you hope there doubt burried within you that doesn’t expect the result you want so you sit on your hands and “Hope” instead of working and doing what you can to reach the goal. Thank you for this post!!!

    • Yes to me hope is nothing without action, that’s why I say hope breeds action. You must be hopeful to some degree that things can get better in order to take action to make it possible. Thanks for the great comment as always elementhealing!

  10. This post is absolutely stunning. Your words are so inspirational and it was exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you so much, you are such a wonderful human being 🙂 Hope is not fleeting.

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    • Thank you for the award @gentlekindness! I really do appreciate it, but due to the structure of the site, I can’t really follow the guidelines. However, it’s the thought that counts, thanks again! 🙂

  12. This is good. Hope is not just wishful thinking but a joyful expectation. According to the Bible, faith is the substance of things hoped for, and faith is what brings them into reality.????

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