The world says, "You are nothing." Hope says, "You are holy and dearly loved."
The world says, "You're not powerful enough, pretty enough, smart enough, rich enough, sexy enough." Hope says, "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
The world says, "There is no way." Hope says, "I am the way and the truth and the life."
The world says, "You are simple and ignorant and foolish." Hope says, "Blessed are you when people insult you because of me. Great is your reward in heaven."
The world says, "Life is meaningless." Hope says, "I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
The world says, "A loving God would never let bad things happen." Hope says, "God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
The world says, "No one cares." Hope says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love and "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
The world says, "You don't matter." Hope says, "I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you."
The world says, "You're on your own. You have to look out for yourself. No one's going to do it for you." Hope says, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you."
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope; Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
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