It always protects, always trusts, always hopes… I Corinthians 13:7
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”— Nelson Mandela
Apartheid is a law that was passed in South Africa that means the state of being apart. The whole idea that the government at the time of Apartheid wanted to accomplish was inequality between the races of blacks and whites. The whites were in charge of the government. Nelson Mandela was a lawyer that at the time was fighting against the Apartheid government. In 1962, he was arrested and put in prison for 27 years for his views of the unity he sought. Then after a lot of international protest, he was finally released in 1990 and in worked with President de Klerk to rid South Africa of Apartheid. Then four short years later, he was elected as the first black president of South Africa. He successfully fulfilled his dream of a united South Africa. Mandela is a great example of hope that never gave up. He was imprisoned for 27 years, but never gave up his dream of bringing unity to his country. The love he had for his country was so great that he was willing to be imprisoned for it and never give up on the dream of unity. Love always hopes and the life-giver always hopes.
The above quote by Mandela is an awesome one and so true. He basically says that being selfless and thinking of others is a way to be significant after life is over. Mandela died last week at the age of 95, but what a significant life he led. Hope is the vision the life-giver has for others. Hope sees nothing but a positive future. When we love others in relationships hope is the motor that keeps them going. Hopelessness is discouragement and despair that can be destructive to our very well-being. God doesn’t want us to be discouraged and so He provides life-givers to help encourage hope. When we spur people on with courage, they have the strength to hope for something significant in their lives. What a way to be significant in your life than to give hope to someone who has given up on hope.
Six years ago I was in a hopeless situation and God brought a life-giver into my life to give me hope in what I thought was a hopeless situation. When I started to run and get up before the sun, I have seen a bunch of sunrises that can knock your socks off. Sunrise is what I call hope on the horizon. A new day dawning is always filled with opportunity to do well and to bring hope to others lives. Love always hopes. Hope is one of the most useful rules the life-giver has to use in his/her arsenal of strength and love. Always look to the future as positive and hope will happen. God is always wanting us to hope because He makes hope happen.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.