The Definition of Hope...
So I was in my Book of Mormon class today, and we were talking about hope and how the definition is a little different that what most people think.
Here is what we talked about:
The word for hope in Hebrew means "cord". Literally like a piece of string.
Hope is something that you bind yourself to. If you are bound to something, you can't help but follow it, right?
So basically, hope is something that you expect to keep you safe and secure. You feel comfortable following it or binding yourself to it.
People have hope in tons of things. They count on these things to keep them safe, secure, and to make them happy.
People count on financial success, popularity, specific people, relationships, talents, etc to provide this security.
And some of these things are good to have hope in, but only under the umbrella of Jesus Christ.
As long as the thing you have the MOST hope and underlying trust in is Jesus Christ, you are on the right track.
My teacher described it as an umbrella.
As long as Christ is the umbrella of hope over your life, whatever you have underneath the umbrella is good.
This concept really helped me to organize my thoughts and prioritize my life.
I realized that I was not putting all my hope in Jesus Christ, and that's why I was confused and going insane. As long as we have Christ in our hearts and minds, and expect that he will do his part to help us (which we have every right to do) then our lives will arrange in a way that will make us happy.
Which is all anyone can ask for :)
So, here's the update everyone:
I am still a confused sort-of adult who has barely any idea what she wants, but now that I have anchored my hope in Christ, I know that everything else will work out the way it is supposed to.
Our Father in Heaven has promised to guide us and bless us as long as we do what is right, and I plan on holding Him to that.
Life is good.