The Book of Hope

I was surprised when a friend of mine gave me a book as a gift. Surprised not because I received a gift but I was surprised because of the reason why he chose to give me this book.

Pau's gift

He said that the reason why he gave me this book is that he sees a lot of hope in me. In my head, there was the complete silence that my brain cells couldn’t process what was just said. Surprised, yes. But after few seconds, I smiled. I think I know why.

It’s my weakness to get easily discouraged and I’ve struggled to go on whenever things didn’t go well. For years, I’ve tried to master the art of seeing things from a different perspective. The art I learned when I found a love that never fails, never gives up, and never runs out on me. And for someone to tell me that I seem to have full of hope, this is just something I wouldn’t trade for anything. What a joy! I can’t believe I’ve finally mastered the art, by God’s grace.

A pastor once said that you can never give what you don’t have. I’ve always dreamed of becoming an International Motivational Speaker. But a years back, one friend asked me, “How can you motivate someone when you yourself don’t even have any motivation?”.

That question hit me straight to the heart. I was hurt because it was an indirect way of saying I could never be a motivational speaker. But more than that, I was hurt because I never knew that motivation, the one thing that drives you to do something, is missing in my life. No wonder I was too negative before and I was usually the one who would spread bad vibes. Since then, I tried to look for something where I could anchor my only hope and motivation. I did not find that something. But by God’s grace, I found Someone. Oh no! I did not find Him but He found me. And at that moment, I made a big decision in my life that I will always anchor my hope in Him alone.

It’s been years after that defining moment and I am just in awe how my life has changed from what I used to be. Although I’m still a work in progress, I commit mistakes and do things that are not pleasing to Him, but I’m joyful that a big part of me has changed for the better.

And to that friend of mine who affirmed that I seem to have full of hope in life, thank you! I want you to know that those words had left an imprint in my heart. It didn’t even last a minute when you told me that, but the impact in my life would last a lifetime. And I will always be grateful for your gift. That book will always remind me of those words that made a difference in my life.

I know, my dear friend, that those words didn’t mean anything about me becoming a motivational speaker. But, can I say, it’s way to go? (haha)

Allow me to leave this question to you that you may reflect on this after reading. In whom is your hope anchored? Where do you find strength when you lose every last drop of it? May you find the answers the same way I found mine.

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