The optimistic heart
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - ROMANS 15:13
Billy Bob was a perpetual candidate for sheriff in a certain Texas town. He would only get a handful of votes, but he campaigned seriously in every election. He knocked on a door to solicit support. “I’m Billy Bob, and I want your vote for sheriff,” he said to the lady who answered. She went into a fit. “You’re the sorriest excuse for a man I’ve ever known, and I know your family, and there’s not a decent person among them. You’re a kook, and nobody in their right mind would vote for you!” Back at his car, Billy Bob, ever the optimist, couldn’t accept her absolute “No!” and wrote by her name, “Doubtful.”
The hope that God implants in the heart of His people isn’t based on a fudging of the facts or a flimsy wish. The New Testament Greek word for “hope” means expectation that the desire will come true, not a 50-50 proposition. In Christ, the hopeful, optimistic heart is an expectant heart.
Ask the Father to align your wishes and desires with His, and you will have ground for expectant hope.