And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
I love driving. I will make a 7-hour one way round trip in a day. If I were completely honest, I would drive just about any amount of hours one way for a round trip if I felt the destination was worth it. Typically, I do.
Generally when I am behind the wheel of a vehicle, I am on a mission. That mission may be to track across country nineteen hours for one of my dearest friends weddings, or to run to the grocery store to grab whatever necessity it seems I am out of (generally ranch salad dressing, if being completely honest).
I love driving.
Which is good, because I spend a great deal of time in my car. He even has a name- Hobbes is pictured above, and yes there are Calvin and Hobbes reading materials (aka comics) in the backseat.
Hobbes and I have been on several missions. Some which I volunteer for, some which are mandatory (aka work) and some which, well quite frankly I just want to go on.
But sometimes I just jump in the car and drive, with no physical destination in mind. No physical mission.
I am searching for something, trying to get somewhere but Hobbes, in the traditional sense, is not going to get me there.
I have sung worship songs at my loudest and cried to God my hardest behind the wheel of my car. (PSA: always safely, maybe pulled over, but safely, promise).
I have driven in circles as I spoke to God in circles.
I have gotten lost on back roads while trying to back God into a corner.
I have driven the roads I know best while I felt God had left me wondering in completely unknown territory.
Where are we going?
I will tell you when its time.
I think its time.
That’s great, but it’s not time yet.
Next turn, next exit. Trees, hills, highway.
I have heard him speak at sunrise as I drove through the mountains.
I have watched His glorious handiwork welcome in the twilight.
I have followed the brightest star on country roads and watched cities turn their lights on as darkness tucked them in.
Yes, I love to drive. I love being on a mission. And sometimes that mission, is just to lose myself on one road and find God on another.
And now while I am undertaking whatever the mission is at the moment, I can relentlessly declare hope everywhere I go- literally.
Faith, Hope and Love.
And the greatest of these is love.
Hope is the bridge between faith and love.
> Faith in the impossible, established in hope.
> Love continuously overflowing, through the gift of hope.
Perhaps that gift of love can be declared in hope. Using your turn signal, paying for the person behind you in the fast food line and always having a snack on hand for those who may need one (like myself, I admit I often need a snack).
Declare Hope. Or DCLR HPE.
So much more than a blog or a phrase. So much bigger than anything I could ever write.
Declare hope it is a state of mind it’s a lifestyle, it’s what we do, it calls us to action.
Faith, Hope and Love the greatest of which is Love.
And relentless Hope, through genuine Faith, always leads to immeasurable Love.
What we all have to decide, is if we will take up the mission, and hit the road?
*Side Note: The credit for the license plate spelling goes to my Mom.
One of the days we spent together in January I was discussing that I had thought about getting a personalized plate and I wanted to use Declare Hope in some way. She looked up as we were writing options and she said the above. And we immediately knew it was perfect. We were right. Thanks Mom.
*Photo Credit: Thanks you too Dad! For putting on the plates and snapping the picture, even if it was bit damp out!