Real hope is much more than wishful musing.
It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine.
The truly hopeful, for instance, work amid surrounding decay at having strong and happy families. Their response is the steady, Joshua like response:
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15).We cannot fix everything. We cannot fix many things. We may not be able to fix the whole world, but we can strive to fix what may be amiss in our own families. J.R. Tolkien reminds us: “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule” (The Return of the King).
I love that short thought. The idea of leaving for others "clean earth to till". In other words, we fix whatever we are able and allow the rest to take care of itself. Hope is to believe that somehow, in a way we might not understand, those things that are out of our control will still work out.
We continue on in our journey. We plow in hope, not looking back. We refuse to let yesterday, no matter what it was like, to hold our tomorrows hostage.
We allow our today and our hope in the Savior to give us our strength. He will help us through in spite of ourselves. He leads the way. We have only to follow.