Tools to Keep Hope Alive

How faith, imagination and visualization can help you reach your goals.

Posted in , Aug 8, 2018

Keeping hope alive

Too often, we forget how powerful our imagination, faith and the use of visualization can be. These are essential tools to keep our hope alive when circumstances dampen our spirits.

As children, our imagination played a valuable role in our lives allowing us to see what is not really there and play out pretend situations. As adults, most of us have lost the gift of imagination. We rely solely on what is true and real, but if we put our imagination to work once again, our creativity will soar and help us form new ideas, dreams and more.

Our faith is the gift of knowing without seeing. As Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Faith gives us the audacity to believe that things will work out for the better and to trust in God. We must have faith that our dreams will become a reality if we work towards them.

In addition, we have the power of visualization, a technique involving focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal. Recently, I met with Arlene, a Guideposts reader in Michigan who owns three quarters of an acre with an amazing barn and a beautiful garden on it. When she first purchased the land, the barn and garden didn’t exist, but she knew with hard work and dedication, what she envisioned would become a reality.

When we incorporate imagination, faith and visualization into our daily living, we discover the power of making the impossible possible. We must imagine what is not there, see it mentally and have faith that if we work toward our dreams they will come true.

Lord, thank you for the gifts of imagination, faith and visualization. 

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