Hope Handouts

“Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed.”

Mark 6:39-44 NLT

Put your own mask first. Have you ever flown in a plane? It’s not my favorite way to travel but it is the quickest way to get somewhere and it’s actually one of the safest. Think about it. When is the last time you got in your car and had to go through a safety briefing before heading out? It still happens on airplanes, though. Something that use to bother me so much was the part when they say that, in the event of an emergency and the oxygen masks come down, you are to put your mask on first and then help out your neighbor. I was fine with this until my neighbor happened to be one of my children. I scoffed at this notion. There was no way I was going to save myself first and then help my little girl. However, before I could speak up or make a scene, the flight attendant said, “Don’t forget. You cannot help someone if you are unconscious.”

That’s when it hit me. The best way to help someone else is to first be helped yourself. God wants to  use you to help others but first, He must help you. Notice in the scripture above, Jesus didn’t give the bread to the people. He gave it to the disciples who gave it to the people. Jesus is a team player. He could do everything Himself but He has chosen to work through us. Therefore, we are His chosen vessels to bring hope to others. Here’s the catch: we have to receive hope so we can give it. The disciples could not give something they had not received. Therefore, reminding yourself of the hope you have in Jesus Christ is not just for you. It is also for those you come in contact with everyday whether it is your family, your co-workers, or simply the person you pass at the store. The hope God gives you is rarely just for you. It is to be shared. Who will you share your hope with today?

Action Steps

  • Today, I will receive the hope God has for me. 
  • Today, I will share the hope God has given me. 
    • I will smile even when I don’t feel like it. 
    • I will use my words to speak life. 
    • I will send love through text messages, emails, and phone calls. 

Prayer Starter:

“God, thank you for filling me with your hope. Thank you for also giving me the chance to share that hope with others. I will do it today.” 

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