One thing every human being may need at one time or another is HOPE. It does not matter what race, creed, color, religion or economic status, people need hope. You have the power to give HOPE to individuals who are facing some challenging situations. Internal Hope for Other People (IHOP) is a gift worth giving to those experiencing life with its roadblocks, detours, and potholes.
You may find yourself in conversations with folks who are very discouraged. They may need somebody to listen to them as they share their stories. After listening to their story, offer HOPE. If you are challenged with what to say to the individual, whisper a quick prayer, asking for wisdom on how to handle the situation. Within a few moments, you will be given what to say and how to say it. Hope does not solve the problem. Hope does not pay the bill. Hope offers opportunities of positive thinking in the midst of bad circumstances. Hope offers life with a cup of faith and a glance into the future where things are better.
According to a CNN Health report by Amanda Enayati, on April 11, 2013, one study of children revealed that HOPE emerges through interactions with the people who surround them. The positive physiological effects of hope are well-documented, most eloquently in Jerome Groopman’s “The Anatomy of Hope,” where he writes: “Researchers are learning that a change in mindset has the power to alter neurochemistry. “Belief and expectation—the key elements of hope—can block pain by releasing the brain’s endorphins and enkephalins, mimicking the effects of morphine. In some cases, hope can also have important effects on fundamental physiological processes like respiration, circulation and motor function.
As you navigate through this maze called life, remember to offer HOPE to others. It is free and without obligation. It benefits both the giver and the receiver. It gives a futuristic view of a better day and a better time. You can be a carrier of (IHOP), Internal Hope for Other People.