Spark of Hope #55 – Picture the most intense event you’ve ever prepared for and the emotions that accompanied it. Now multiply it times 1000! That gives you a clear picture of what I’ve witnessed this week being in the midst of military families preparing for deployment. Delivering our 2nd Choose Hope Program last night shed a bold light on my expectations. Playing out upcoming events in our minds can lead to being dismayed when reality doesn’t match what we pictured. I found myself in that place last night. With soldiers being pulled in two directions, many spouses sat there alone for what was to be a couple’s session. As I stood there clinging to what I’d pictured, Chaplain Rich stepped into the room. His kind and reassuring words helped me realize that I was clinging to expectation, rather than purpose. All at once, I saw each member’s inner turmoil of being pulled in too many directions adding to the heaviness of impending months apart. I also saw their anticipation of the program I came to deliver. They had come to Choose Hope. So I began at their side, sharing tools as they shared inights, fears, hopes, tears, pride and laughter. Every step of walking beside people in difficult journeys is a learning step. I pray I never stop learning. It is an honor and privilege to be in that place where Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday—the place where HOPE is magnified.
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. A world without it is like a world without possibility. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!