The Cure for Hopelessness

“It’s so frustrating! I feel so helpless!”

A co-worker and I were commiserating the other day about a discouraging turn of events at work. A supervisor, who had made exciting promises of improvements and opportunities in order to recruit my friend’s help, had let her down, badly.  I was sharing my own disappointment with the new Congress. Big promises had been made during the campaign, but seemed to be forgotten after the

The higher the hopes, the deeper the despair from disappointment. This is especially true in a position of powerlessness, as with an employee and employer, or a voter and an elected official. There is no effective outlet for our feelings of frustration and anger, so we are overcome by hopelessness. Frustration becomes depression.

Although I didn’t have the answer for my friend, and letters to my congressman don’t do much to ease my own disappointment, I do know how we can avoid these feelings in the future: Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3

If I remember to never put my trust, my hope, my faith in my fellowman, I will never be so downcast by disappointment that I feel hopeless. …those who hope in the Lord will eaglerenew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

These are words to cling to in just such times as these. Amen and amen.




About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.
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3 Responses to The Cure for Hopelessness

  1. It’s amazing how we get messages when we need them most! I’ve been having the same feelings of discouragement and hopelessness lately, and particularly in regards to some issues in my work environment. I woke up this morning on the verge of giving in and staying home but reminded myself that I have all I need to get through whatever the day has to throw at me (and I’m 13 minutes into my day and it’s already started). Then I saw this post – more words to help encourage me.


  2. Olivia says:

    Thanks again for the reminder.


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