Regina Price – “Hope”
With the overwhelming response of suicide rates, depression, oppression and substance use, I believe that many people are suffering from ACEs, traumatic childhood experiences that have a lasting effect on one’s physical, emotional and mental well-being and as a result, they are in a seemingly hopeless state of mind. Being hopeless can have a permanent affect on a person’s foreseeable future and that is not God’s perfect will for our lives. My experience with bullying in the sixth grade put me in a hopeless state of mind until I learned how to recognize, confront and conquer my fear (the perpetrator). I asked myself, what is the worst thing that could happen? Someone will lose and someone will win, either way, I would conquer my fear and win the war against my hopeless mindset! My hope in God was the confident expectation of what God’s word promised and my strength was in His faithfulness to see me through it. Learn how to accept the idea that we can work to make things better (hope), rather than accept the way things are (hopeless).