The Greatest Gift You Can Ever Give

Some wise person once said that we can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air—but not a single second without hope. And that is why . . .

  • the greatest gift leaders can give their people—hope.
  • the greatest gift parents can give their children—hope.
  • the greatest gift teachers can give their students—hope.
  • the greatest gift coaches can give their athletes—hope.

It’s also why . . .

  • the greatest gift you can give your family—hope.
  • the greatest gift you can give your friends—hope.
  • the greatest gift you can give your neighbors—hope.
  • the greatest gift you can give your coworkers—hope.

Let me tell you about a recent day. I met for an hour and half with some great people, leaders of a local chain of restaurants. They brought me in to train their executives and employees. What was their number one need? Fresh vision for the future. Where does that come from? Hope.

That was followed by a telephone conversation with an attorney friend from Southern California. He’s a sharp guy and a strong Christian, but his heart is breaking because his son has turned away from his family’s faith and values and is taking some destructive paths. What was that dad’s number one need? He needs the kind of inner strength that only comes to people who have hope.

I then did a Livestream video seminar with leaders from all over the country on how to turn a church from stagnant and declining to thriving. What was the number one need of the leaders of these churches? The kind of creativity and determination that only comes to people who have hope.

I stopped at a gas station and talked with a twenty-four-year-old college dropout who just came back to our area. As we put gas in our cars (a very expensive proposition), he told me he was out of work. What was his number one need? The kind of focus and resolve that only comes to people who have hope.

I wrapped up my day and was driving out of our church parking lot when I saw a poised, professional woman who looked lost. She said she was searching for one of the conference rooms. I asked her which meeting she was attending. She hesitated, embarrassed, then said the DivorceCare seminar. My heart immediately went out to her. I got out of my car and walked her to her class. She turned to me before she walked through the door, and I saw tears streaming down her face. She said, “It’s just really hard.” What is her number one need? Hope. I touched her shoulder and said, “God has better days ahead.”

In my next blog, I’m going to talk about what happens when people lose hope.


The greatest gift you or I can give anyone is hope.