What does hope feel like to me? It is the feeling I get when God allows an ordinary woman like me to help bring about change. This past year I had a powerful realization that God uses the available, make yourself available and just stand back and see what God can do. That feels like hope!
What does courage sound like? For me, taking a stand, having the willingness to broach subjects at a party or in someone's living room that may bring discomfort. I have had the opportunity to voice things this past year that are hard to hear..things that bring conviction to some, or just sadness to others. I have realized another powerful thing this past year..ignoring something doesn't make it non-existant. It is like certain groups of people trying to deny the holocaust..just because they act as if it didn't happen doesn't make it true! When you verbalize horrors in our world, it isn't to bring guilt or discomfort but only to bring about change..and when you give people a solution MOST people will respond. I believe that, does that make me an idealist?
I have an on-going debate with a dear friend. He says people don't want to hear about suffering in the world, I say, yes they do..but I would add to that, and also say, you have to give people an action they can take, if you only give them the problem, my friend is correct..they don't want to hear, but give them a solution they can act on, it is a different story. When I see my wonderful friends in action, that makes me feel hopeful, and I can hear their courage..it's going to be a great New Year!