Are we hopeless?

1 Cor. 13:13 ESV – So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

This is the last verse in 1 Corinthians 13, the famous chapter about love.  It seems to me that in the Christian realm, we spend a lot of time talking about faith and love, but not that much time talking about hope.  Why is that?
Do we have hope?  The canned answer is “of course we do!”  But, then, what does that look like in people’s lives?  Do we really have hope that the cancer is going away?  Do we really think this world can get better?  Do we have hope or do we have wishful thinking?
I think the problem is that for many of us in the church, those two concepts have become synonymous.  To have hope is to simply wish for the best.  As if we are some sort of Jesus-following optimists who have no grasp on reality.  The truth is, Jesus is reality.  So, that brings me back to this question:
  • What is hope, and how does it differ from wishful thinking?
  • Do you have hope?  If so, what are you hoping for?
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