I'm not sure that I had ever heard those two words put together before until I read this article this morning. There are some profound thoughts in the article, but the thought of Active Hope is one I will be referring to in my own mind most likely for the rest of my life.
Here is how it is defined in the article;
Active Hope involves identifying the outcomes we hope for and then playing an active role in bringing them about. We don't wait until we are sure of success. We don't limit our choices to the outcomes that seem likely. Instead, we focus on what we truly, deeply long for, and then we proceed to take determined steps in that direction. This is the second thread we follow.In any situation,
We can rise to the occasion with wisdom, courage, and care, or we can shrink from the challenge, blot it out, or look away. With Active Hope we consciously choose to draw out our best responses, so that we might surprise even ourselves by what we bring forth.I love the hope that Scripture talks about -- hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5). I love Paul's question, "Who hopes for what he already has? We wait in hope with patience... for things that we don't have and can't see. (Romans 8). I love the idea that hope has no data.
But today I am reminded that hope also involves action -- us playing an active roll in bringing about the outcomes we hope for. I'm holding on to that.
Whatever it is you hope for today, I challenge you to turn your hopeful ideas into active hope.