Especially now, our world needs peace, unity and hope. I see this from needs both spoken and unspoken by our clients. Can we have peace and unity in the midst of uncertainty? I believe restoring hope is where we must begin. We must again believe in possibilities.

Our hope can't be in human solutions. It must be in our God, who remains the same from yesterday to today to tomorrow. We serve a God of limitless possibilities.

So how does this need for hope present itself with those around us?

The first, usually unspoken reason a coach or counselor is hired, is to support the client in restoring hope about their situation.

"For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."
Romans 8:24-25

What is hope?  The Free Dictionary defines hope as "The longing or desire for something accompanied by the belief in the possibility of its occurrence."

When there is hope, anything is possible. But when the client sees little or no hope, they may either deny their objective or become depressed.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Proverbs 13:12 ESV

First, let’s look at why people lose hope.

Many people don’t have a good understanding about success. They see the end results but not the journey to get there. They are not aware that success is something we achieve after trial and error. We try. We fail. We learn from mistakes. We try again… Repeat until at last we succeed.

Others are under the mistaken belief they are too old, too young, too short, not pretty enough, too shy, too heavy … TOO SOMETHING or not enough of something.  Fact is, we are all too much or too little of something for someone. But to others, we are just right. If we listen to those for whom we are not enough or too much, we begin to believe a lie that God’s purpose cannot be fulfilled, that somehow He made a mistake when He made us. Living this lie causes us to lose hope and defeats us.  But restoring hope helps us thrive.

“Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Proverbs 23:18 ESV

If we believe that life happens to us rather than as a result of our choices, we can lose hope. If we don’t make the right decision or ANY decision … the decision is made for us by the world and it usually is not one that we like.

Also, fear or unwillingness to step outside of our comfort zone can keep us stuck and certainly cause loss of hope. The good news is that comfort zones can be expanded and I teach how to do this in PCCCA programs. In particular the Joy Restoration coach program, will teach you how to help others who seem to have lost hope and may be dealing with profound grief.

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 NASB

With knowledge and faith, there is always hope. With God, there is never-ending hope. Our willingness to see the possibilities for our client, inspires hope.

We need to be watchful for self-defeating thinking patterns. It’s easier to claim lack of hope than it is to try harder. It’s cheaper to give up than invest in the right resources or training to achieve the goals.

Hope opens the doors of possibilities.

Your keen observation skills as a coach or counselor will give you insight to peel away the layers of faulty thinking that led to the loss of hope. When we achieve a healthy thought life, our emotions will follow, leading to better choices and ultimately an improved outcome.

When hope is renewed, clients thrive!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 ESV

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