“I have a very low regard for cynics. I think it’s the beginning of dying.”~R.R.

You and I are called to be pioneers of HOPE. One of the ways we stay fit for this calling is by watching over our hearts.

Last week I was wondering what it would be like if we could turn OFF all the advertising that is bombarding us. It affects us more than we realize. Reaching through our televisions, computers, phone screens, on billboards, in grocery stores, everywhere you turn something is marketing to YOU.

Most marketing is sold with fear or hollow promises. So add that to all the news reporting, which is also supported by advertising, then it’s easy to feel grumpy and cynical.

But easy isn’t what we’re going for this side of heaven, right?

Missions leader John Dawson said, “the one who has hope, will lead the way.”

So how can you be an ambassador of hope?

Proverbs 4 outlines the ways to maintain hope. “Watch over your heart with all diligence…” I’ve always loved this verse but recently noticed that it doesn’t only include your heart. But also we’re called to watch over our : mouth, eyes and feet too.

Your Heart: good stuff in, good stuff out. Junk in, junk out. Pay attention to your media.

Your Mouth: what is in your heart, is what will come out of your mouth. Be diligent to allow NO unforgiveness.

Your Eyes: watching what you watch. Be ready to turn your head away. My eyes are yours Lord. I want to see what God wants to see.

Your Feet: where you go. Who you go with. When you go. You’re the boss of your feet. Be a good boss.

Much love to you.

Let’s avoid being cynics, it’s an easy and cheap route.

Instead let’s be those who light the candle of hope with our lives for heaven’s sake.

Hugs to you!

Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth
And put devious speech far from you.
Let your eyes look directly ahead
And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
Watch the path of your feet
And all your ways will be established
Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
Turn your foot from evil.


In His Love and Mine,


Kathleen Dillard