On the surface hope, and optimism appear to be two different terms for the same concept. But deeper research shows that they are two very different concepts. Although both are generally thought of as positive, both have different qualities and are not interchangeable! What is hope? Is it an emotion? Or a state of mind?
I recently saw these words on a sign: It said, "Hope Is Real." I pondered it and (clearly) agreed with the statement. But as I thought about the seemingly simple little phrase, I came to realized that for an astonishing amount of people hope is not real. This is one of the most influential gifts we can give to one another, the gift of hope. Someone who is hopeless and alone generally cannot help themselves out of their situations. They have a mass sense of loss and helplessness. We must as believers come alongside and bring the good news of Jesus Christ and all that He has to offer.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10 NIV
One particular definition for hope I found was: To look forward to with confidence or expectation. We need to bring the Word of God packaged in all its hope for someone who does not know it is real. When we deliver hope, we also deliver life. It is life changing to at long last believe again.
I've thought for a long time that one of the biggest issues we have in society is there are so many people who have lost hope. There seems to be so many troubles, financial problems, political concerns, etc. It feel's like the world has no hope. Aside from God, this place is place is hopeless. But with God's assistance, we can make it. You should know that no matter what situation you find yourself in at this time, there IS hope. You may not be able to see or feel it at this time, but it is there for you. How do you find it? There in only one place to truly find hope, and that is in Christ Jesus.