This is the beginning of a new day.
You have been given this day to use as you will.
You can waste it or use it for good.
What you do today is important because
you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
When tomorrow comes,
this day will be gone forever;
in its place is something
that you have left behind...
let it be something good.
I think that hope is a chance to take each moment and use it for good. To put the past behind you and live a better life. To make better decisions and better choices. If we did not have hope, there would be no reason for tomorrow. No chance to change the todays of our lives. Remember that each of us struggles with trials. Each of us has our own trial to bear.
The girls went on a walk yesterday. The leaders took them all to a place that they did not know and they walked ten miles to the Snowflake Temple. It was a hard journey. Up hills and down. My daughter had injured herself on Saturday and her knee was swollen and sore. She twisted her ankle on the walk and she struggled a bit on her journey, but she walked all the way and made it at last to the doors of the Temple.
I find her journey a beautiful testament to hope. Her own chance to make good choices. She could have whined the entire way. She could have gotten a ride. She could have given up and justified it with her injuries. Instead, she bit her lip and kept going. She wanted to finish with the rest of the girls. She wasn't at the front of the pack, as a matter of fact, she was one of the last ones, but she finished her journey.
We each walk our own journey of hope. We each struggle with the hills and valleys in our lives. But ultimately, our goal is to arrive at the doors of our Heavenly Home. Hope is what gives us the strength to endure whatever hardships might be ours. Hope is what gives us the vision to take the next step, walk the next mile, finish the next hill. Hope is what gets us, finally, home.