Ask anyone who struggles with overeating if they have ever made big plans at the dawn of a new week only to find a few hours in that they have failed to resist the first temptation of the day! This is why it’s important to remain hopeful even in the midst of our failures. Even if you failed miserably and are knee deep in a box of donuts right now—remain hopeful anyway!!
If we have confidence that what we hope for will actually happen then it will build our faith. Faith and hope are intertwined. You may feel sometimes as if you have lost your faith in what you are striving to attain. But if you can remain hopeful that it COULD happen then that hope will water the seeds of faith inside your heart and confidence will build from within. Most importantly put that hope in the Lord. Not ourselves. We often make big plans. We often hope for big things to happen. And we often fail at those goals. So don’t put hope in yourself. Put all your hopes and dreams on God. He asks us to do that. To unburden ourselves from the belief that WE are capable in our own strength of achieving our goals (Psalm 55:22).
Place those hopes and dreams into the faithful and loving hands of God who has promised to never leave you or forsake you (1 Deuteronomy 31:6). He has promised to renew you, refresh you and to give you the grace, mercy, and love that you need for each day to move forward closer to the life He has planned for you (Lamentations 3:23). For He knows the plans that He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11). You may not see the way right now but if you put your trust in God He will make the way clear to you (Isaiah 42:16). Perhaps not all at once but day by day the plan will unfold clearly (Isaiah 43:19). That is why we must hope and trust in what we cannot see. He has the vision to see for us. Only trust in Him to lead the way.
It is not overconfidence to believe that you will have success. It is not ridiculous or unrealistic for you to declare victory over your struggles even if you are halfway into an extra large pizza. Even if you quit 3 minutes into your workout. Even if you stopped trying last Friday. Even if today the scale says you have gained 20 pounds. Whatever the situation is–smile. Smile, hope, believe and keep moving forward. Throw out the pizza box and start again. Continue to have hope ESPECIALLY when it looks hopeless. Continue to smile and remain certain that you will succeed ESPECIALLY when you are at your lowest point. Your highest weight. Your biggest size. Keep believing that victory will come. And why? Because if you have decided to place this burden on God (as He has asked you to do!) then you have every right to believe that you will see it come to pass. It is not overconfidence. It is not denial. It is not a delusion. It is trust. It is hope. It is faith. And when you choose to believe in what seems unbelievable—hope in what seems hopeless—then you have crossed over into a new way of thinking. You are no longer bound by only appearances. You now can see past the superficial. Past what a desperate, pointless, incurably up the creek and hopeless situation APPEARS to be.
Be a visionary!! Be someone who looks beyond the surface! Be like Elisha who when surrounded by the enemy knew that it only looked as if he was alone. He only appeared to be defeated. The person with him thought for sure that they were through!! The enemy was surrounding them. They had only themselves as a defense. How could they survive that scenario? But Elisha could see through eyes of faith. He did not tell his friend that they would win because he was overconfident. He did not say that they would survive because he was in denial! Elisha’s trust, hope and faith in God allowed his eyes to be opened to a truth that lies just beneath the surface.
“Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!’ The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:17 NLT)
Just becoming aware of the fact that they were not alone gave them the courage to stand up to the enemy. So let us also open our eyes. Not to the empty candy wrappers and empty food containers full of last night’s mistakes–but to the invisible army that stands with us! Not only do you have chariots of fire ready to throw down when Krispy Kreme threatens to strike—-you have the God of the Universe promising to fight FOR you! You have real people living in this world sitting behind their computer screens fighting the good fight right along side you!! So you are NOT alone. You have much reason to believe that there is hope for today.
So remain hopeful! It’s our right and our privilege. Believe it!