Fresh Hope

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. (1 Kings 19:11-13).

Each new day brings divinely fresh hope. Yet we are often too distracted to notice all the good God is doing amidst the windstorms, earthquakes and fires. God is obviously bigger, stronger and superior to the challenges we encounter through the day, and He always takes an eternal perspective on our lives, never becoming bogged down in despair nor rash in unrealistic optimism. God can work miracles and is always with you no matter how down and out you may feel - so pay attention and apply this daily habit and this attitude of excellence:

Turn Off the Entertainment: Entertainment can alleviate some feelings of despondency and subside frustrations, but it only prolongs your inevitable need to one day deal with whatever’s troubling you. Start by taking 15 minutes a day to pray and practice silence. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it’ll deeply refresh your soul.

Do Small Things Well: It’s fashionable to whine and complain about everything from the mundane and trivial to the most valuable and important issues. Being concerned and voicing your opinion can be helpful, but often it does little to change the situation. Instead, make note of a few small things that you can do well throughout the week. Once you feel that you’ve mastered those small habits, add a few more and continue to improve. God has given you many things to do. So practice whatever small and good habits are at your disposal and have faith that He will continue to speak to you through the small things.   

Just as God was in the whisper, so too is He in the silence. Also, consider all the small things that you do daily and you will find God amidst you. Each day is a new day and God has fresh hope for you.