Right now my wife and I are waiting for the birth of our son. He is due this Friday. And no, his name is not going to be Hope! And no this is not the name of a bad christian band either.
Honestly, we thought he would be here by now. With each doctors visit our hope would rise and then come crashing down as we thought he would be making his arrival. We wanted the doctor to say to us, “Let’s go to the hospital and have this baby.” But sadly that has not happened yet.
As I travel through this I was reminded of a Proverb that defines how my wife and I feel.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
There are lots of things that we hope for in life whether it is a new job, our wedding day, or the birth of a child. Some things take longer than others to arrive. And it makes you sick! But when the day arrives…when the moment is here…the joy that comes bursting forth, the tears, and emotion that are released feel so good. It lifts you up. Finally!!!
We all love that moment and celebrate finally getting what we have desired.
I think the bigger question we all have is what do we do while we are still hoping?
When my heart is sick, how do I keep on believing it is possible?
What do I do before the day or moment finally comes?
Here are 5 “P’s” you can do while waiting for hope:
Every dream. Everything we hope for. We have to first begin by talking about it. And the more we talk about something it sets the course of our heart.
Prayer is a great place to start. The Bible says, “you don’t have because you don’t ask” And that “God rewards those who diligently seek Him”. So talking to God about your hopes is a great place to start.
Talk to your friends and family. My only caveat to that is sometimes the people closest to you can be your biggest dream killers. They mean well but they will tell you every reason this won’t work. You need to tell some encouragers. You need to find some folks that will believe with you and tell them.
Who have you told about the thing you are hoping for? God? Friends? Family? I’d love to hear about it so feel free to comment below and tell me about your hope or dream. I will add it to my prayer list.
Plan for it
It does you no good to only talk or pray about it if you are not willing to plan it out. This is the spot where I take out my phone but wherever you make notes is fine. Paper still works too the last time I checked. It is here that I begin to write down specifically the thing I am hoping for and how I see it coming to pass.
When I was preparing to go to college I only applied to one school. I was accepted into that school the end of my junior year heading into summer. I sat down and planned out 4 years worth of classes that summer heading into my senior year. I planned out that which I hoped for. After graduation I realized that with the exception of 2 or 3 classes that were discontinued I took the classes I had planned out almost 5 years earlier.
What’s your strategy for receiving that which you hoped for? Are you writing it down?
Prepare for it
It is one thing to talk about it. It is another thing to write it down. It is an entirely different thing to prepare for what you are hoping for.
I played sports my whole life. There were 3 types of guys that I played with. There were the guys that would talk about how they hoped to be in shape for the up coming season. Then there were guys that wrote down their workouts to prepare for the next season. And then there were the guys that went to camps and lived in the gym preparing for the next season.
Many of us fail here. We don’t mind talking about it or even writing it down. But preparation cost us something. Preparation means we are willing to put some skin in the game. We are willing to sweat and bleed for what we believe.
How are you preparing yourself to receive what it is you are hoping for?
Position yourself for it
Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Positioning is the final stage before receiving. Working hard all year at your job and longing for a promotion. Then when the opportunity comes up for a promotion you have to apply to position yourself to receive it. The guys I played sports with could prepare all summer but if they didn’t sign up, get their physical, and try out to make the team they weren’t positioning themselves to play.
Truthfully this is where fear creeps in to tell you that you can’t or haven’t prepared hard enough or don’t deserve. You must as Jon Acuff says, “Punch fear in the face” and go for it!
What is keeping you from positioning yourself from receiving? What have you prepared for that you need to position yourself better so that you can receive?
Passionately receive it
When your moment comes. When the time arrives. Receive it. No Don’t just receive it but RECEIVE IT!!! Passionately celebrate and look at what you have accomplished.
I would love to here what you are waiting for and hoping for. Comment below so I can add you to my prayer list.