Hope by definition is a confident expectation that something (or someone) good will be part of your future.
What have you been hoping for? Maybe your biggest hopes and dreams have not come to fruition, yet. But it’s important to remember that there will always be hope if you believe.
A story about hope
As you may know, I launched the Success Without Social Media Mastermind last week. To say it didn’t go as planned is an understatement. I felt a lack of hope for my business and the offer I thought was going to be well received. I wanted to be angry and sad. For a moment or two, I even told God how upset I was that He hadn’t made the launch a success. After all, I’d done everything I knew to do to market it and I’d prayed for his blessing upon it.
Instead of staying mad at God, I decided to dive into scripture and see what He had to say about the experience. Every verse I read for the next two days was about strength, hope, and perseverance. I wanted to give up but he was emphatically telling me not to.
Upon journaling about what I’d read and heard from Him, I discovered a few things. I am sharing this experience with you because I think it’s super important to be real and share that not everything goes the way we want it to.
What I learned about hope
I’ve always been someone who hopes a lot and believes that absolutely anything is possible with God. Philippians 4:13 has been on repeat in my mind for years – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Likewise, In Mark 10:27 we are reminded by Jesus that “With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
These two verses remind us that there will always be hope if you believe. But here’s the reality. Just because we want something, doesn’t mean that is what is best for us or what God has planned for us. It doesn’t mean there is no longer hope, it means that what I was hoping for wasn’t the right thing for me (or you) at this time.
And often, God uses experiences like this to teach us a lesson. I was indeed in need of a lesson last week. By diving into scripture and listening to what God had to say, I realized that I was following the recommendations of humans, not God. I was depending on what my coaches had told me, not on what my intuition and God were telling me.
Doing what my coaches have been doing and teaching me about isn’t aligned with me or the purpose God has for me – right now. In addition, I wasn’t trusting Him, I was trying to control what happened in my business instead of letting Him guide me. If my launch had been a huge success I would have proven I, like all the big-wig coaches online, could have a six-figure launch. But that isn’t me. It isn’t my priority. And it also wasn’t what God was calling me to do.
The reality is, that He has called me to serve and help others. I have been on this entrepreneurial and marketing journey for 22+ years. As a result, I have learned a lot. I’ve experienced a lot. And He’s given me everything I need to help others and that’s what He wants me to do. But instead of offering a high-ticket mastermind, he asked me to create an affordable business coaching alternative.
I wasn’t meant to have a six-figure launch right now. Maybe I don’t know exactly why the launch failed, but I do know that there will always be hope if you believe. And I know this because of how He immediately gave me an idea to better serve more people. That’s what I really want. The money is an added bonus, but what I really really want, what I’m truly passionate about, is teaching and helping others.
If creating an affordable business coaching alternative is the walk He wants me on, I’ll gladly follow, and help provide hope for other small business owners.
And guess what? As I wrote the announcement about the Success Without Social Business Growth Academy, I felt joy. I was excited to get to offer incredible value for a much lower price so that I could help more people. And that’s because of hope. Hope in how Jesus wants to use me to help others, to help more Christian business owners succeed.
There will always be hope if you believe
Enough about my recent experience with hope. I learned a lot and am happy to share it with you, but let’s look at more scripture verses about hope.
Philippians 1:6 reminds us, “Be confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” If God planted a seed in your heart to create the business you are working diligently on, He will give you the resources to succeed. And if you experience doubt, recognize that as Satan’s way of distracting you. Actively do mindset work, using my 5 C’s journaling method to navigate the negative thoughts. Most importantly, refer to scripture for renewed hope.
Another verse I love is Proverbs 23:18. The verse reads, “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” I’ll be honest, last week I thought my hope had been cut off. But you saw through my story how quickly hope was restored.
When in doubt go to the scripture
Hebrews 10:23 is another great reminder of how faithful God is to us. It reads, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. There is never a reason to doubt God. He has proven time and again His loyalty to His people. Jesus promised He’d send the Holy Spirit to the disciples. And He did. He promised He would rise from the grave, and He did. God promised Moses He’d rescue His people, and He did. The stories are many, and each is more profound than the other.
Another verse I cherish is Jeremiah 29:11. It gives me so much comfort, for so many reasons. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I have another story for you.
When my father was battling cancer, I placed an order for some decorations for our home. Therapeutic shopping, I suppose. When the order arrived there was a wooden plaque in the box with Jeremiah 29:11 hand-painted on it. I had not ordered the plaque so I called the company and told them about it being shipped in my order. The lady on the other end of the phone said, “Well honey, that’s our mistake”. “You can keep it.” To this day that plaque hangs above our doorway as a reminder of God’s gift of hope and His miraculous timing.
Lastly, I want to leave you with Romans 5:3-5. “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
Back to my story. I was suffering from disappointment last week. But God quickly reminded me of the hope I have in Him. That when I trust Him and focus on His purpose for me, I can bounce back and start again. And hope for more in the future.
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