Hope

A Peter’s Pondering: A threshold? 5 Mar ’19

Over the years I have often considered, pondered on, cogitated over 3 important things…faith,
hope, and love and how they inter-relate.

I was stuck on the problem of helping people have faith, myself included. Theology was not
helping. I had covered what the Bible said but it was not bringing it into focus; however, I knew
there was something there to understand. So I prayed my favorite prayer when stuck: “Help!”
Immediately, I had a picture come to mind of a doorway….to make this as short as possible, it
came down to this: I was supposed to consider the bottom of the door, specifically what is called
“the threshold.”

Now, when I had considered what I knew of a “threshold”, it occurred to me I did not know
enough about what threshold was, to understand what it might mean. So I decided to see what
the “door building world” says it is. So I decided to see what the “door building world” says it is.
A well-known window and door maker, Pella, says this: “Threshold: is the transition from the
‘door sill’ to the floor of the room. It presents the way in to the room”…


It is a transition point from one place to another…hmmmmmmmmmmm.


It presents the way into the room…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


This was interesting but did not solve the issue for me in how to help someone with the issue of
faith.

So more pondering…thinking about how often when I needed a boost — a little help in believing
God — someone or some instance provided me with a small measure of hope for the future. It
did NOT give me faith but it brought me to the point, the entrance, the threshold of faith; and it
was just close enough to the room where there was faith.

One little step forward in hope brought me there.

Conclusion for me: when needing some extra faith, administer some hope. And the “best
valued hope” in this ole guy’s opinion is based on who God is and His love for us.

One of the ways for me to find hope…personal testimonies.
Sometimes your own stories, spoken to your “ole self“ will do…
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all
the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged
himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

Step forward….

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