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The gift you'll be glad you gave

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The gift you'll be glad you gave

By Teresa A. LeNeave

Hope is not merely wishing things were better. Hope is knowing, and believing, that although one is in a desperate situation, things will improve. What better time to search for hope than during the Christmas season? In your search, don't forget to pass HOPE along to someone else.

Hope is like a candle that lights the way in a dark existence. It gives just enough light to show the way on this uncertain road we call life. Hope is the light that motivates us and opens our own hearts to see the loneliness of someone else. Giving someone a slight ray of hope may be the very thing needed to reignite your hope and theirs too.

"Hope," I once read, "is a commitment to continue."

You may not have a perfect family, but at least you have one. You may not have many friends, but even one is of great value. Cherish your friends and treat them exactly the way you want to be treated. Don't let friendship be one-sided. Don't expect them to call you; to check on you; to meet your need ... you call them.

Giving hope to someone else takes effort on our own part, but just imagine the effort Jesus had to expend to give us hope. You have a great hope just knowing Jesus lived and died for you. This Christmas, give the gift of hope to someone in need. That's one gift you'll be glad you gave.

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