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Pain and hope

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Pain and hope are strange companions, but great companions.

In Good to Great,  Jim Collins said the chief job of leaders is to never lose hope AND name the reality they’re facing, no matter how brutal it is. He called it the Stockdale Paradox, quoting from POW Jim Stockdale:

You must never ever ever confuse, on the one hand, the need for absolute, unwavering faith that you can prevail despite those constraints with, on the other hand, the need for the discipline to begin by confronting the brutal facts, whatever they are.

Carey Nieuwhof - Canadian Preacher and Leadership Blogger

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Real hope

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Real hope is a constant positive attitude that no matter what is happening currently, things will change for the better.

Joyce Meyer

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One reason for delay…

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William GurnallOne reason for postponing deliverance is to give your faith an opportunity to grow stronger. When a mother is teaching her child to walk, she stands back a short distance and holds out her hands to the child, beckoning him to come. Now if she exercises her strength to go to her little one, the child is ill served, for his unsteady legs are denied the practice they need. If she loves him, she will let him suffer a little at present to ensure is future health. Just so because God loves His children, He sometimes lets them struggle to strengthen the legs of their unsteady faith.

William Gurnall

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Emmaus Road

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The Emmaus Two had erected a wall of hopelessness around them, and they were trapped in their misery. “We had hoped …” What they were saying is “We don’t expect it now, but once we did. We had it, this thing called hope, but now it’s gone.” I wonder if this is something that we can identify with? Has something or someone come between our relationship with God? If so, listen to the Emmaus story because the heart-breaking experience is only its beginning!

Owen Bourgaize

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Leave yesterday there…

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Gary ChapmanMany people mess up every new day with what happened yesterday. They insist on bringing into today the failures of yesterday, and in so doing pollute a potentially wonderful day. When bitterness, resentment, and revenge are allowed to live in the human heart, words of affirmation will be impossible to speak. The best thing we can do with past failures is to let them be history

Gary Chapman

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