We certainly are in crazy times! I understand there is a virus, but the extent of fear, paranoia, and stockpiling of toilet paper going on is getting out of hand!
The question I’ve wrestled with? How do you find hope when things around you get crazy?
That question led me to release a book coming out next month. It contains keys to guide you through those times.
Crazy times create the greatest opportunity for growth & advancement, yet what I’ve noticed is that in “crazy times” people do “crazy things”.
How will you respond?
Hebrews 10:35-39 says,
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
“Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
BUT WE ARE NOT OF THOSE WHO DRAW BACK TO PERDITION, BUT OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE TO THE SAVING OF THE SOUL.
Hope sees a better future and solutions for now. Faith acts on what hope sees. Faith is anchored in hope. I see a better future. I believe in a good God. I know there is a solution. This is going to be ok. This is going to work out for my good!
And even if I die, I get to see Jesus face to face. My eternity is secure. You cannot scare me with death.
So how do you find perspective, courage, and comfort in the midst of crazy times?
Keys to Finding Hope
1. Daily word
Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. What is He saying TODAY for my TODAY?
Prayer = LISTEN
Pray in the spirit AND with understanding.
2. What do you see (God doing)?
What do you hear (is happening)? What do you REMEMBER (if nothing else, remember what He has done in the past)?
Here’s a recent testimony from last month.
Fever Gone in 60 Minutes
An HIB Advisor had a scheduled Call with a business client who imports and installs playground equipment. This advisor noticed that the client sounded terrible on the phone, and it was the result of a fever he’d had since 2 AM. He hadn’t used any medication and felt like a punching bad—aching all over. This client had to work regardless because of everything on his plate.
The call with the advisor started at 6 PM. Five minutes into the call, at 6:05 PM his temperature was at 103.5ºF and they prayed for healing.
The client began explaining how the supply chain in China was being impacted by the Coronavirus. At 6:35 PM client was feeling noticeably better and retested his temperature which showed 99.1ºF. By 7:05 PM his temperature had dropped to 98.8ºF.
He said, “I’m feeling good! 80-90% of the pain is gone. It now feels like I just worked out. In fact, I shouldn’t have this much energy. I’m feeling wired.” From there he walked into the office next door and his wife exclaimed, “you look like a different person!”
He was able to go home that night and play with his kids.
2 Chronicles 20 tells a story of being outgunned, outmanned, outnumbered and outplanned!
The Israelites were completely overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do. So they asked God and gave them a bizarre strategy, “Send the worship team to the front lines.”
God knew that worship changes the atmosphere. When you give God room to move, He’ll make a way for you to advance.
So worship until your song lines up with His.
4. Wise counsel
5. Family, team, covenant friendship
We are in this together. Iron sharpens iron. Better a friend nearby than a brother far away.
6. Hope for TODAY
What will you do TODAY? You cannot control tomorrow. So, what will you do TODAY?
7. Necessary Endings
What do you need to stop doing, start doing, keep doing? See Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud
Would you like to join the book launch team?
Andy Mason comes from New Zealand and has 15+ years experience helping individuals and organizations discover and align with purpose, then develop practical steps to make dreams a reality.He has worked for a national consultancy firm and leading financial institution as well as investing in international community development.Andy is the director of Heaven in Business and together with his wife, Janine, leads Dream Culture – a movement catalyzing people to discover and live their dreams. Andy and Janine live with their four children in Redding, CA. For more check out the AndyandJanine.com