Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.  Proverbs 16:31

     “I have new projects ahead of me all of the time,” says Margaret Rawson, educator, dyslexia researcher and woman in her 90s.  Margaret is undaunted and full of enthusiasm.  She took up flying at age 72, learned to use a computer at 80 and published her third book on dyslexia at age 89.  “I’m not my age,” she says, “I’m myself.  If you have a negative attitude, you’re apt to say no to things.  But if you have a positive attitude, you say, ‘That interests me.  I’ll find a way to try it.” 

     Do you have a positive attitude? Is saying “no” your first and automatic response? I tend to be that kind of person, and I can honestly say that I feel I may have missed out on some wonderful opportunities and adventures, because I was afraid to risk. We sell ourselves short, when we have a negative attitude.

     Samuel Ullman said, “You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” My doubt and my despair can be pretty old sometimes. If I am “as young as my hope,” how do I get young hope—at any age?

     In the book, “The Happy Christian,” David Murray suggests that we practice “baby-step hope.” Sometimes it’s hard to take the huge leap of faith and have huge hope, but we can have healthy, constructive optimism in small, short-term things. (“Today I believe to see God’s goodness.”)

     So Murray suggests this: “Next time you’re given a challenge, you face a difficulty, or you’re asked to move out of your comfort zone, don’t yield to despairing pessimism, such as ‘I’ll never manage that.’ Instead, focus on your God-given strengths and resources.” He goes on to say:

     “If those without the Holy Spirit can grow and develop in this way, how much more should those of us with the additional help of the Holy Spirit to empower and enable us?” Good question! With the help of the Holy Spirit, can you practice baby-step hope today?

*What is one area of your life where you need to embrace hope?

Divine Enabler, Help me today to have young hope. You are always here to help and guide me, so I can open my arms to whatever comes my way. I don’t want to be my age; I want to be myself. Help me to reflect Your Holy Spirit power in all that I do. In Your Big Name I pray, Amen.

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