Cope vs Hope
We each only have two mindsets to get us through every day. We all may use different methods but there really are only two mindsets available to us at any given moment. We either cope or we hope.
Coping is finding a way to deal with what life throws at you. We use absolute words like “alleviate” stress but this is incorrect because the stress comes back. That cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine in the evening that helps you de-stress and do what you need to do gets a command performance almost every day. So you have a way to cope but you still have stress.
Many have come up with ways to deal with family members that keep the arguments down but the truth is the unforgiveness and hurt feelings are still there. You have basically made a space for them to reside in your life forever. That’s coping. We all do it on some level.
But we do not have to live in coping mode. There is another option. We can hope instead of cope. There is a hope that can be found in Christ that forces you passed just coping with bad things and stress and sin. You can move into a space where you understand through hope that you can change your circumstances, you can change the outcome of your situation. You do not have to claim stress and pain and unforgiveness as part of your life that you have to live with.
No, through hope you can be set free from these things and not have to learn to just deal with them on the day to day.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1).
Hope builds your faith because you first hope for the thing and then faith creates the thing you hoped for. If you want less stress in your life, you must have the hope that it is possible which in turn brings the faith that creates that situation in your life.
The Bible tells us to “call forth those things that be not, as though they were.” (Romans 4:17). In other words, speak forth not how the situation is but how you need it to be. Coping only allows you to see the situation as it is in its most negative state. People cope with being unhappy and dissatisfied with life by drinking, medicating overeating or holding on to useless relationships.
But hoping allows you to see life as it should be and speak it into existence. Speak to the unhappiness and dissatisfaction and command it to leave your life and ask God to fill your life with the things He has ordained, things that will bring you happiness and, yes, even more hope.
So you can cope or you can hope. The choice is yours to make. No matter what situation you are in right now, you don’t have to stay in it, just coping to get to the end of the day. You can hope your way to the life God has prepared for you.
This is what God said to you from Jeremiah 29:11-14:
“ . . . . I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. . . . . ” (The Message).
To get what you hope for you must first hope. So go ahead, do it. God is waiting to exceed your expectations.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
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