The Cost of Losing Hope

Exxon Valdez after Oil Spill, March 1989

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reminds many people of a similar environmental tragedy that happened over 20 years ago with the Exxon Valdez  in Alaska. That horrific accident not only forever impacted the ecosystem, but it has also taken a incalculable toll on human life.

My prayers go out to those in the Gulf region, especially after what they experienced with Hurricane Katrina a few short years ago. It’s heart-wrenching hearing people in the oil’s impact zone talk about not knowing if, when, or how their lives could be impacted if the oil reaches their shores in massive quantities. The truth is, though, no matter what happens from this point forward, if they have lost hope they are already doomed.

This doesn’t just apply to those living in the Gulf region. This applies to everyone living right now. We all have challenges and potential challenges that we’re facing and we don’t know if, when, or how those challenges might ultimately impact the trajectory of our lives.

Losing hope is like a ship running aground and spilling its valuable contents, which is what the Valdez did. What was originally meant to help people live better has now become a toxic goop that poisons everything it touches. Toxic poisons that can come from hopelessness include fear, despair, frustration, anger, anxiety, depression, and other emotionally cancerous feelings.

People sometimes joke about the saying “Keep hope alive!” In reality, if you don’t keep hope alive in your life and your situations you begin to die from the inside out. When you stop believing that your life can get better, you stop having a reason to keep living. And the result is many people becoming affected and infected – even generations down the line.

If you sense that you are slipping into hopelessness, talk to someone. Get some help. Remind yourself of all the blessing that you have. If you’re alive to read this there is still hope that your life can turn around.

You don’t want to become a sinking disaster when you were created to be a spectacular delight!

How do you challenge yourself to keep your hope alive?

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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About Paul Wilson Jr.
Paul Wilson, Jr. is a "Dream Catalyst" and Marketplace Pastor for leaders and entrepreneurs. He is driven to lead people to unleash God’s potential in their lives through their purpose, passions, and professional skills. He equips leaders with creative, faith-based strategies to flourish spiritually and professionally, while operating from several multi-media platforms, including TV show host, inspirational speaker, and stimulating writer. Paul is the President of Kingdom Business University, which utilizes workshops, consulting, and coaching services to ignite Christian catalysts maximize their God-given mission in the marketplace. He is the author of the life purpose igniter “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative God-Inspired Life!” He is also the host of Passion in Action, a motivational and educational faith-based Internet TV show for social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents. Contact us today to learn more about how he can help your business, church, or community to thrive on purpose!

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