To be hopeful in difficult times is not easy! However, as Christ-followers we are given extra incentive to be hopeful because of the great promise we have been given. Our troubles will last a moment compared with the future that is in store for us.
"The hopeful person sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storms." - O.S. Marden
For the Apostle Paul LOVE was the foundation of his HOPE. Not human love, but the LOVE of God. It was this love that gave him hope in every circumstance.
"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." - 1 Corinthians 13:7