Hope vs. Faith

Wellness encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and to go further you could say financial health and healthy relationships.

So, with that said, we’ll have discussions from time to time on these different topics.

I’m really curious to hear what many of you have to say about this today’s title of Hope vs. Faith. I’ve been struggling with this lately and realize that I’ve been spending most of my mental energy on ‘hope/hoping’ i.e. wanting things to happen in a positive way vs. ‘trusting’ i.e. knowing that positive things are occuring now, which is having faith. We all have different understandings and I would really like to hear what you have to say. Look at it as an outlet to express yourself and maybe find inspiration from others or perhaps inspire others.

I’m more focused on walking in faith right now than ever before. Does the water have to get so rough before we step out in true faith and really believe? The clouds may be heavy, however, the sun is always there. I know this is sounding a little cliché, however, just another point to make. I believe that God, the universe, and/or a higher power have a hand in guiding us and that meditation is a key to understanding, direction and enlightenment, and I also believe that we must take action to further create the life that we want and in order to move forward we must have faith. I’m certain we all agree that there are obstacles along the way and we’ve all had challenges (some much bigger than others) causing us to ask those questions…like why and what now?

Share your thoughts on Hope and Faith. Do you have examples of when you stepped out in faith and what it was like? Do hope and faith go hand in hand? If you are hopeful, isn’t it still important to have faith?

Basic definitions from Wikipedia:
Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Hope implies a certain amount of despair, wanting, wishing, suffering or perseverance — i.e., believing that a better or positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary.

Faith
is a belief in the trustworthiness of an idea. Formal usage of the word “faith” is usually reserved for concepts of religion, as in theology, where it almost universally refers to a trusting belief in a transcendent reality, or else in a Supreme Being and said being’s role in the order of transcendent, spiritual things.

Informal usage of the word “faith” can be quite broad, and may be used standardly in place of either as “trust,” “belief,” or “hope”. As with “trust,” faith involves a concept of future events or outcomes.

An article that I found helpful: http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2006/3693.html


I’ll be updating you with more positive ideas about this topic. Thanks for your input. – Donna

“Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
– Saint Augustine

0 thoughts on “Hope vs. Faith

  1. At first thought, it seems that faith is hope with a “knowing”.
    Yet, the more I think about it, hope implies an element of chance. Absolute faith does not allow for that element. So it seems that the two are not as related as “faith” and “expect.” to have true faith is to expect. To hope is to wonder.

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