Moment with Alves: Hope

Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. And hoping means to hope when things are hopeless.
G.K. Chesterton

Lanny Thomas is the enthusiastic executive director of the Dallas Life Foundation in Dallas, Texas, which is committed to taking homeless people off the streets. Lanny says, “I once believed that all homeless people needed was to learn a skill or get a job. However, my experience taught me that help is important but hope is imperative.”

Anyone who believes his or her problems are permanent and unsolvable will give up easily. That’s an inside problem, not a skill problem. If a person believes that problems are temporary and specific, they are optimistic about their future and continue trying to overcome life’s difficulties.

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