Spark of Hope #96: Our lives alternate with as much ebb and flow as the ocean’s tide. When life’s storms hit we have to work extra hard to not lose sight of the pillars of hope. Our circumstances will pass, even in the face of unfathomable journeys. Perhaps, our greatest challenge is in learning to rest in still waters when the current is carrying us far beyond our control.
Together, with photographer Brooke Ritter, we recently shared a photograph that captures the essence of living. As if to say “Oh happy day!” she jumped over the ocean’s splash. Waters are meant to be tested. Moments are meant to be seized. Dreams are meant to be fulfilled. And life is meant to be lived anchored to a rock of faith and hope.
Those are the principals for living that Taira Johnson Baughman taught more people than anyone we’ve ever met. She could have easily wallowed in the cancer that was robbing her of life. Yet, she relentlessly encouraged others to engulf the gift of life. Of all the comments we received in “splashing” that photograph on Facebook, one stood out as a favorite: Julie Vazquez captioned the moment as “Living in God’s Masterpiece.”
Imagine if we saw our lives that way each and every day? Perhaps, then we could feel safe in spite of losing control. As His masterpiece we’d be free to test the waters, seize the moments, and carry out our dreams. Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday in your life — when you make HOPE your legacy.
Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. 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!