In order to get God’s perspective, you may need to develop some new routines in your daily life- new habits. Hearing the word “Habits” will give you a perception of something bad. Because bad habits get most of the attention these days. But you can develop good habits too. Most notably, you can make hope a hanit. Hope can be something you develop over time until it just becomes a natural disposition.
An attitude of expectancy- looking, longing, and anticipating that God is going to do something great- isn’t something that will always come naturally to you. This is a Mindset of hope that you’re going to have to intentionally develop until it becomes an habit. One of the ways to do this is to remind yourself to be expectant of good things. Probably putting a sign all over your home, car, or office isn’t a bad idea.
I believe in employing all methods necessary when am working on developing a new habit. Good habits leaves no room for bad ones, so if we have a habit of hope, there will be no room in our mind and heart for hopelessness, discouragement, and despair.
Habbabuk 2:2 says:
And the Lord answered me and said, write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may (be able to) read (it easily and quickly) as he hastens by.
Write your vision down. It doesnt have to be anything long or elaborate. You could make small signs that can be read “easily and quickly” as you and your family hasten by. Think of how much more hopeful you would be if…
- When you get up to brush your teeth, there is a sign on the bathroom mirror that reads: “Hope is important. Don’t forget to believe God is going to do something great in your life today.”
- When you walk down the hall, there’s a sign that reads: “Hope is the happy anticipation of good. Get happy. God has good things in store.”
- When you go into the kitchen to make breakfast, there is a sign above the gas or stove that reads: “Gey excited, God is cooking up something amazing today.”
- When you get in the car to go to work, take the kids to school, or meet a friend for a cup of coffee or lunch, there is a sign that reads: “Get your Hope’s up. God is with you today, and He delights in being good to you.”
I don’t know about you, but have decided to get my hopes each day! If you want to live a life of hope, do whatever it takes. There are a lot of things during your day that try to steal your hope. Decide you’re going to outnumber the “hope stealers” with reminders of hope. Plaster then everywhere! This is especially important if you have had a tendency to be negative or depressed, or if you are going through a particularly difficult time.