Hoping and Waiting

If we hope for what we do not yet have,
we wait for it patiently.
      —Romans 8:25

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Really?

“Tomorrow is another day.” Really?

These bromides make me laugh—they are so obvious, they’re silly. Still, they make a crisp point about patience: it takes time to build something significant. If today is a bummer, tomorrow will give you another chance.

“We hope . . . we wait,” Paul wrote. Sandwiched between those words are these: “for what we do not yet have.” Those are the things we hope for—and have to wait for.

You may not like having to wait for what you hope for. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles. So, lace up your sneakers and stay in the race. Keep hoping. Keep waiting. And keep running.

Let your actions reflect
your hopes, not your fears.

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