A Hope Beyond Words

BWi25lnCMAE9zJY.jpg large(Photo recently shared on Twitter shortly after the Storyline Conference)  – I love it!

Every so often I have this crazy thought of retreating back to the days of when I wasn’t part of social media.  What would my life look like?  What would it feel like if I retired my cupojoegirl Twitter handle and shutdown my Facebook account?  What if these words and these thoughts were simply for my eyes and God’s eyes?

Some days,  that’s appealing to me, you know.  It’s only been about 1 1/2 years since I broke down and bought my first smart phone.  Prior to that I had no clue what is was like to have social media instantly accessible to me 24/7.  Today, I have a love/hate relationship with this ability to be plugged in all the time. It takes a lot more discipline nowadays for me to say no, to turn it off, and to walk away.

I read this quote a few days ago in Pete Wilson’s new book Let Hope In  “Once you let hope in, you have a responsibility and often a desire to then let that hope out.”

A responsibility and a desire to spread hope. 

One of the ways I feel called to do this is via social media.  That’s the main reason I blog and share it with you all.   And, I love the fact that I can do this.  Sharing my heart and glimpses of the hope I have found with each of you has brought so much joy and healing into my life.  I think that is what I love so much about hope.  When you pour hope out, you are filled back up.  Hope never runs dry.

I can still remember that day a little over 4 years ago when I asked myself a few questions:  What exactly is a blog?  I wonder if I should start one?  Do I have anything to say?  I just took a peek at some statistics and was amazed that this blog has been clicked on by folks in all 50 states and 115 countries around the world (and that’s just from the time I started to keep track).

That’s crazy and that’s cool.

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Many of you might recall that one of  the stories I shared about a time I stepped out of my comfort zone was recently included in an eBook called, Couch Rebels. It was compiled by CausePub in an effort to help Blood: Water Mission bring clean water to people who don’t have access to it.  Recently CausePub decided to turn the eBook into an actual book.  I received my copy in the mail yesterday.

I was thrilled when the book arrived.  For me, it symbolizes real and tangible hope.  The 86 true stories that are shared in this book come from people who made the choice to get off the couch or to step out from behind their computer screens and do something to make a difference. 

Recently, the church I’ve started attending since our move to NW Georgia announced a new ministry that is gearing up to offer tangible/hands on hope to a wide range of people in our community.   It’s called the H.O.P.E. Initiative.

H- Hurting People

O-Outsiders:  people outside the faith and family of God

P- Poverty

E- Education: investing relationally in children through schools and literacy initiatives

I am excited to be a part of this.  I’ve been wanting to, once again, find more ways to be a part of something bigger than me.  Typing out my heart while sitting safely behind my computer is not enough for me.

I don’t have a clue yet where I specifically fit in the whole picture.  But I do know one thing.  At some point, using uncertainty as a reason to not step out just becomes another excuse to sit on my couch and do nothing.

I desire more than that, don’t you?

I’m eager to see what I will discover and learn in this new chapter.   I am excited to be a part of what God is going to do in my new community.

I’ll keep you posted…as always. 😉

Share a time when God called you to leave your comfort zone.   What did you learn?  What was the result?

 

11 thoughts on “A Hope Beyond Words

  1. Laura Robb

    He is calling me out of my comfort zone a lot in this season of writing. I’m learning to keep going and take those risks because it will be worth it! Joy always comes with obedience (and once we learn to fight the battle of resistance).

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  2. LarryTheDeuce

    God called me to speak. I thought that meant I had to pastor, you know, because that’s who stood before people and spoke. I realize now that isn’t necessarily the case, so I speak where and when I have the opportunity. And would love to have more.

    And the first time I ever spoke publicly, I was so nervous that my nose bled.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks for sharing, Larry. I love how He takes that thing that scares us to death and uses it for His glory. That never gets old!

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  3. David Rupert

    I left a home and a location that we all loved for a job. It was a bad move, but I we were shaking things up hoping they would help settle things down. . It caused great distress SO there’s a downside to leaping out of the chair sometimes.

    Lovely post — as always

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    1. Eileen Post author

      “shake things up in hopes it would settle things down” I’ve made that wrong move before too, David. Yes, we do need to move forward wisely. I think it’s when stay put because we can’t see the whole picture and we let that keep us from doing something is where I often make the mistake.

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  4. Jon Stolpe

    Your post is inspiring this morning, Eileen. I have been wrestling this week with thoughts related to a possible book. There is something about it that sounds glamorous, but I’m learning already that there is a lot of work involved with the whole process. Is it worth it? That depends on your perspective. If my book can bring HOPE to someone, it sure is!

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    1. Eileen Post author

      I like this, Jon. It’s good perspective to have. So much of the “good” we want to do only comes with hard work and discipline. And you are right, it’s usually not glamorous. Thank you for the reminder.

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  5. Dave Arnold

    Great post, Eileen! I love this: “When you pour hope out, you are filled back up. Hope never runs dry.” That’s so true. Keep writing and sharing and impacting the world.

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  6. Stephen Haggerty

    Love your thoughts, Eileen.
    God called me out of my comfort zone at the church I was serving to go help plant a new church. It was a little crazy and a lot hard… but it’s been awesome!

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