Walking the Path of Hope

I love the story depicted in the movie “The Blind Side”. Michael Oher, a homeless African American teenager from a broken home, is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. Living in his new environment, the teen faces completely different challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Michael works hard, and with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

Through Mrs. Touhy’s faith in him and the love and support of his new family, and by the help of his tutor and his coaches, he begins to channel his strength and formidable size to serve his team in a powerful way and fulfill his potential.

 Hope drives us forward. Hope means to desire something with confident expectation of its fulfillment. For me, hope is ultimately anchored in the unchangeable character of God (Hebr.6:16-18). This kind of hope is “firm and secure.” It keeps me moving forward on a solid path!

When I got saved as a teenager, I soon realized that there was a calling upon my life to help people develop their relationship with God and experience lasting transformation through teaching and mentoring. During those years I experienced much turmoil both outwardly and inwardly, but I had experienced God’s presence and promises in my heart, and I decided to hold on and fix my eyes on the passion in my heart.

I began to search for mentors; somehow I knew that I would never walk out the destiny in my life without God-sent people and connections. 40 years later, I see God’s incredible faithfulness in connecting me with superb teachers, pastors and mentors, some of them internationally known. These people imparted understanding to me, they sponsored me, others served as connectors and opened extraordinary doors for me. Some of them loudly expressed their faith in me and coached me in various areas. Others challenged me in areas where I had put limitations on myself.   

Hope is powerful. Hope awakens faith and action and stirs us to begin to walk the path. As we actively seek out counselors and mentors, we can avoid being stuck in dead ends. We can learn new skills to scale hills and mountains. We can experience healing and new courage. We can develop deep and meaningful relationships.

In this blog I will be sharing things I have learned through my training and counseling experience as well as what I have learned in my walk with God. My purpose is to help you develop healthy relationships, make tangible progress and experience healing. We all have a hope of a better future, and I invite you to share this wonderful, rewarding journey. I am still on this path of hope, still growing, still walking with God and looking for an even greater fulfillment of my dreams.

Do you have special requests for issues?  Comments or questions? I invite you to leave them here. Would love to hear from you!

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