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How important is it to follow the H.O.P.E. Break Formula steps as presented?

  1. Are all the steps, “Hook-up to your Creator”, “Obey His guidance”, and “Praise & Enjoy your Creator’s presence & solutions” needed? A question of COMPLETENESS.
  2. Do I need to start with step 1, “Hooking-up”?  A question of ORDER. 
  3. Can I replace steps with other items?  A question of SUBSTITUTIONS.

 

1. COMPLETENESS:

Are all the steps, “Hook-up to your Creator”, “Obey His guidance”, and “Praise & Enjoy your Creator’s presence & solutions” needed?  The simple answer is "Yes", but sudy the chart below, under ORDER, and decide for yourself.

 

2. ORDER:

Do I need to start with step 1, “Hooking-up”?  The H.O.P.E. Break Formula is a small "action-trilogy" that helps you live in hope 24-7-365. Does it matter if you start at step one or even use the same order?  Study this chart, and you decide what outcomes you want.

KEY: X Indicates you follow that step.

# H O PE Anticipated Effects of Using Some or All Steps
1 X     Need Freedom, Joy, and Celebration for Choices
2 X X   Need Joy and Celebration for Choices
3 X X X On pathway to complete HOPE for Choices
4   X X Need Truth for Choices
5     X Need Truth and Freedom for Choices
6   X   Need Truth, Joy, and Celebration for Choices
7 X   X Need Freedom for Choices
8       Need Truth, Freedom, Joy, and Celebration
  H O PE Anticipated Effects Changing Sequence of Steps
9 1 2 3 Joy and Celebration founded on Freedom based in Truth
10 1 3 2 Celebration without needed truth & guidance for changes.
11 2 3 1 Freedom, Joy, and Celebration based on presumption.
12 2 1 3 Challenging the Creator’s role in Freedom, Joy & Celebration
13 3 1 2 Celebrating before receiving help and direction
14 3 2 1 Going it alone. Who needs Truth or Freedom for choices?

 

3. SUBSTITUTIONS:

Can I replace steps with other items?  Most certainly, since you have free will. After studying the chart above,here are some thoughts to consider before substituting.

  • Substituting in “Hook-up to your Creator” - The H.O.P.E. Break Formula, is based on appealing to a power outside yourself, and one greater than yourself, to give you meaning and a larger purpose to life - both foundations for hope.
    • The original AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) parallel step was “Give Up” – that is, give up trying to live life alone and accept the need for a Creator to make sense of your birth to death journey.  "Hook-up to your Creator" is a parallel concept.
    • Step 1 links to the Serenity Prayer concept of "accept".  Specifically, "accept the reality" that you are not in control of much of your life.  Acceptance helps bring serenity
    • The H.O.P.E. Break Formula is based on the Judeo-Christian Truths that are timeless and universally observed to work. They provide a portal to forgiveness, transformation, and a personal relationship with a loving Creator, NOW and forever. 
    • CONSIDER:  If you decide to choose another source, you will be placing your hope on that power, and risking that your hope will be based on presumption.

 

  • Substituting in “Obey His guidance” - The H.O.P.E. Break Formula is guided by the written Word, a source proven to be a solid moral base and pragmatic guide for success in life and circumstances.
    • The original AA parallel step was “Clean-Up” – that is, make the necessary changes in your life needed, and NOW. 
    • Step 2 links to the Serenity Prayer concept that "change" is needed to attain promised hope.   "Obey His guidance" is a parallel concept, and takes courage, as does change.  
    • CONSIDER:  Other sources, religious, cultural, intellectual, humanistic, and personal are available for guiding hope, but the risk is there that they cannot deliver the wanted freedom, outcomes, and legacy you desire.

 

  • Substituting in “Praise & Enjoy your Creator’s presence & solutions” - The H.O.P.E. Break Formula is designed to impact your life in the NOW. 
    • The original AA parallel step was “Live-Up” – that is, a focus on the success of your new life and being helpful to others joining you in the hope journey.   (NOTE:  It is also a support that reationships are the major output of the step process.).    "Praise & Enjoy" are parallel concepts to Live-Up.
    • Step 3 is linked to the Serenity Prayer concept that when we take action, we "know" if our choices are wise and can deliver the hope we pursue. 
    • This step immediately reinforces (NOW) the loving forgiveness and relationship with meaning of step one and the freedom and guidance of step two.  Praise, an act of celebration, and joy, an act of fulfillment, bring the pathway of joy to life whenever the H.O.P.E. Break Formula is used.
    • CONSIDER:  If you find something better, use it, but come back to step three if it does not deliver on your journey to hope.