I’m writing to you so that you don’t lose the hope you have. You see, hope is not just a feeling or something without value. It’s important to you mental and spiritual health to have hope.
Pioneers of Science have learned to value hope. Science suggests that being hopeful can reduce one’s perception of pain and help you heal faster. In an article called The Science of Hope the author reports:
"It turns out that a feeling of hopefulness changes the brain. Your brain pumps chemicals when experiencing the sensation of hope. These chemicals can block pain and accelerate healing. Hope, which involves belief and expectation, causes the brain to release nuerochemicals called endorphins, and enkephalins which actually mimic the effects of morphine...hope and recovery are correlated."
So don't feel hopeless! Did you know that Jesus came "to give you a future and a HOPE.” (summarized from Jeremiah 29:11). In another part of the Bible, hope is so important that hope is also described as "an anchor for the soul." Hebrews 6:19. With all of the references to hope in the Bible and the scientific proof supporting the notion of having hope, I'd say we really need to consider it as one of life's staples.
The ultimate holder of hope, and healer of the hopeless is Jesus. To all who hunger and thirst for hope, he can keep giving it. Believe me, He can give you more than what you can ask or imagine. I've seen it in my life and I've been blessed to see it in others' lives.
It's hard when life and circumstances seem overwhelming. Have you lost hope? Have you thought of ending your life or are you just so depressed that it's harder to be hopeful? Is your family in a difficult place? If so, counseling might be the first step to finding and regaining hope. Seek help today.
"I've seen the dark in the broken places, but I know in my soul no matter how bad it gets, I'll be alright. There's hope in front of me, there’s a light I still see it. There's a hand that's holding me, even when I don't believe it." Danny Gokey, Hope In Front of Me, 2014
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A version of this blog post was originally posted on June 5th, 2017 at www.haileyray.net/blog/holding-hope