Real hope is an actual relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s the life-change that comes from knowing Him. It is the way to get through hard times. It is the focus for a new day, the purpose for walking through a difficult year.
This week we are wrapping up our Real Hope series with real stories of right now from real people who have experienced the life-changing hope that can only come through Jesus Christ.
Today’s story is from Bryanna Starman.
For me, hope is the confident assurance that God is faithful. It is trusting that each and every promise that He gives in the Bible is true. When I feel defeated and alone, I know that my God will show up.
I grew up in a Christian home and was taught about hope that is only found in God from the beginning. I did not realize the extent of hope in God and that it applies directly to me until I was in high school. As I went through my high school years, I slowly started to understand that no matter what my circumstances may be, I have someone so much greater to look to. When the pressure to achieve good grades, keep my teachers happy, and fit into the social scene seemed absolutely overwhelming I realized that things in this life are fleeting, but my relationship with Christ will never disappear and will never disappoint.
In high school, anxiety slowly started to creep in and take control of my life. I was held hostage by the crippling thoughts that I never got a break from. I felt the need to please my teachers and friends, and continue to be a ‘normal’ high school student. As the anxious thoughts continued to dominate my life, I soon found myself focusing on my weight. In order to establish some sort of control in my life, I controlled what I ate and how much I exercised. This quickly turned into an eating disorder that impacted my physical and mental health. Not only was I constantly controlled by these thoughts, my body was wasting away and I was at risk of serious medical complications. I felt completely trapped and in chains by my thoughts and anxiety. I did not think that escape would be possible. But, by the grace of God, I found real hope by digging into His Word. He promises to take on our worries and anxious thoughts because He cares for us. It was after I surrendered completely to Him that I was able to experience hope that is certain and only found in Christ.
My life has completely changed because I now understand that the things of this world that I had previously put my hope in will not last. There will always be disappointments and let-downs. The hope that is found in God has allowed me to live in freedom knowing that I am loved by the Creator. Hope has transformed me from the inside out.