I think it’s nonsense when people say, “Don’t get your hopes up”. We’ve created a culture where people are afraid to really dream and really hope just to protect themselves from possibly being let down or getting hurt.
Doing this gives us a small view of our lives, our potential and most importantly God. It’s actually pretty ironic because people don’t want to get their hopes up because they are afraid of nothing happening, but with this kind of thinking there’s not much room for anything to happen.
We have no reason to not get our hopes up because in Romans 5 verse 5 it says “hope does not disappoint”. Hope won’t let you down!
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5
Having hope is having high expectations of God, which makes sense because He is God and can do whatever He wants. If you hope, you know that something is going to happen because “with God, nothing is impossible”.
He is always doing something. Nothing is something God can’t do. It’s impossible.
“For with God nothing is impossible.” Luke 1:37
God created this world out of nothing. He took dust, added nothing and created a man. When some of the disciples were fishing all night, what did they catch? Nothing. When God added Jesus to the picture, they caught so many fish their nets broke.
We serve a God who wants to do something with our nothing. Why ask for small stuff when the God we serve, created the universe and is capable of anything?!
Next time you pray, remember who you are praying to. When you put into perspective who Jesus is and what He can do, your problems seem really wimpy compared to the power He possesses in His right pinky.
I think God wants you to have more hope in Him. He wants to give you so many fish your net will break. He wants you to raise your eyes and raise your expectations. He wants you to GET YOUR HOPES UP.
But realize that you are going to fail. This seems so counterintuitive, but don’t be afraid of failing; rather TRUST GOD in that failure and acknowledge that where you are, is where you might be for a moment, but it’s not where God wants to keep you for forever.
He allows you to fail so you can learn, grow and depend on Him. This way of living is way more effective than just using “don’t get your hopes up” as a safety blanket to make the fall of failure less painful. We can’t just smooth it over by lowering our expectations and standards. We should raise the bar and get excited about our dreams.
Hope is what gives us passion, purpose and motivation. It gives us vision and a reason to work hard and not give up. When we “don’t get our hopes up”, we lose a huge driving power to accomplish our dreams because we’ve already prepared ourselves for failure and we expect not to succeed.
Expand your view of who God is and stop making Him so small. Why do you limit the Creator of the universe who can do immeasurably more than you ask or think?
Dreams are free. Let’s get more of them! Take a chance. Hope in God.
Nicole #dostuff #dreambig #ALifeWithoutLimits #Goals #GoalSetting #RoadtoMissCA