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Hope...the Best of Things Pamphlet – June 26, 2008
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Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, which ministers to thousands of disabled people and their families through programs of practical encouragement and spiritual help. She is also an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books such as Joni; Heaven: Your Real Home; and When God Weeps.
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Joni knows a thing or two about hope. After suffering an accident as a teenager that left her a quadriplegic, she struggled with the loss of hope. But in that dark place, God met with her in a powerful way, and now Joni travels the world to minister to those in deepest hopelessness.
“Hope” is a short book, but it’s packed with new perspectives for those battling depression and darkness. Joni will share with you some of her own experiences—as well as the experiences and insights of others—to give your soul the oxygen it needs: a fresh breath of hope!
Whether you are going through a battle, or you know someone who is, “Hope” will be a welcome light for a dark place.
Because suffering produces perseverance;
And character, hope.”
(Romans 5:3, 4 NIV)
We struggle through our sufferings, we drown in currents of woe,
We all have stories of distress, whose origin we may not know.
But determination will build slowly over time,
A glowing perseverance among our earthly grime.
It builds to a point we really do not deserve,
A city on a hill, a light, for all to observe.
Then finally, a promise catches us by surprise,
Blessings flow and gush right before our very eyes.
It's a golden chain of blessings after all,
Suffering - perseverance - character – hope
Designed by the Master to help us cope.
It's for our own good and in the end, it will be understood.
Suffering was shared by Jesus, the One who also once withstood.
So fear not, for the Holy Spirit is with you all the time,
Hang onto the hope and use it to get through the daily grind.
©2016 Steven J. Brown
The Four Chapters Are:
1) Hope is Hard to Come By - Tada discusses her and our battle with suffering and our selfish nature that only God can deliver us from - "He [God] wanted me to reckon myself dead--dead to sin--because if God can raise the dead, you'd better believe he could raise me out of my hopelessness."
2) Meeting Suffering and Joy on God's Terms - She writes, "To this you were called because Christ suffered for you, leaving you this kind of example that you should follow. He endured the cross for the joy that was set before him (Heb. 12:2). Should we expect to do less? So then, join me; boast in your afflictions. Delight in your infirmities. Glory in your weaknesses, for then you know that Christ's power rests in you (2 Cor. 12:9)."
3) Hope is Contagious - "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies. But we live in a dark, diseased world under the curse of sin. Hell is real. And God owes this utterly rebellious planet absolutely nothing. But aren't you glad that he is a God of love, not wanting anyone to perish? And he is out to convince this unbelieving, sarcastic, skeptical world of his power to save, his abilities to sustain, and his desire to share his hope."
4) Misery May Love Company but Joy Craves a Crowd - "And one day I'm going to leave this wheelchair behind. I cannot wait. I may have suffered with Christ on earth, but one day in heaven I'm going to reign with him."
In this little booklet Tada is honest about her struggles, encouraging in her attitude, and inspiring in her commitment for the cause of Christ in this world. Any Christian who reads this will be inspired -and any non-believer should want what Joni has - the hope of glory in Christ. Everyone has to learn how to suffer, but the Christian does not suffer as one who has no hope - and Joni is a great example of how to live in the midst of suffering for the glory of God in magnifying Christ.