Hopeful People or People of Hope—What’s the Difference?

It is easy to mistake hopefulness with Hope, but there is a critical difference.  


Hopefulness is often likened to optimism, cheerfulness, or being “up-beat.” When Sunny Kapur (in the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) exuberantly declares, “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end,” he exudes hopefulness. 


There is nothing wrong with hopefulness, but the same as Hope. Christian Hope is not that things will eventually be “all right,” but that God is making all things new, including the parts that were not "all right," and especially the parts that were undeniably "all wrong." Hopefulness is a mindset of optimism. Hope requires a discipline of the heart. It is when hopefulness ends, that real hope can begin. 


Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all…  

As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude;  

it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. 

G.K. Chesterton 


Hopeful people may be more pleasant to live with, but when you have to walk through hell, look for a Person of Hope. 



Who are the People of Hope in your life? What is the work of Hope needed today? 

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