PRESUMPTION vs. HOPE
CONSIDER THESE OBSERVATIONS:
Hope demands faith. We put our faith in lots of things - that our car will start when we turn the key, that a soda will drop when we put in our money, that our payment will come if we do the work, and so on. Faith is harder to grasp when we are dissapointed. We fight it or take flight (bury it inside ourselves), but either way, it erodes our tendencies to "have faith" again. Either way, we must engage our ability to exercise faith if we are to realize hope for our life.
Hope demands trust. Our ability to have faith impacts our ability to trust. Because of this, choosing who to trust in our journey to hope becomes vitally important. For some, the choice is whether or not to trust, and not just where to place their trust. Not making a choice is an illusion, however, because everyone is trusting in someone or something to navigate life choices. Choosing not to choose is actually a choice to trust yourself. Thus, hope always involves the risk of trusting.
Choosing an untrustworthy source for your hope, is to base your hope on presumption. Presumption occurs when you believe in someone or something that may make you feel hopeful, but lacks the power to satisfy you in the long run. An unreliable source can still set your destiny and develop your legacy, but will not deliver true, lasting hope - but only the illusion of hope. This is one reason it is important to consciously choose your source - where you place your hope.
There are many options you can choose. John Wesley, an early american and anglican theologian, and an widely accepted authority on faith, notes four areas of discernment (called the Wesley Quadrilateral) on what we should consider when choosing where to place our trust for our life's hope. They are: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. Only we can choose, and the better we can evaluate our options, the better choice we can make.
The H.O.P.E. Break Formula's choice. The H.O.P.E. Break Formula's success is based on the proven foundations of each of Wesley's faith verifiers. Simply put, there is a Creator and he has privided a pathway for a full, free, and joyous life full of hope NOW and forever. Many have experienced this personally. It has sound empirical, philsophical, and spiritual rational. It's traditions, including the origin of AA and its outgrowths, have proven powerful. And, the scripture upon which it is based has sound historical and pragmatic, experiential verifications.
Make your choice. Still, you are free to empower your use of the H.O.P.E. Break Formula with any source you choose. It may be helpful to view the Barriers to finding hope in light of "Presumption vs. Hope".