The world mourned the death of Carrie Fisher (Star War’s Princess Leah) and then was shocked as her famous mother, Debbie Reynolds, died only a day later in December of 2016. Debbie had been what the industry calls a “triple threat.” She could sing, dance, and act brilliantly. One of her most famous theatrical rolls was in the 1964 movie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. It fictionalized the real life story of Titanic survivor, Margaret Brown. Margaret is said to have kept hundreds of people alive because she was a beacon of hope for the passengers that night.

In many ways our world seems like a sinking ship. Because, it is. God says in His Word that the world is going to end as we know it and that He will return, Revelation 21:1. As believers are you sinking in despair and being overwhelmed as we watch our world in constant turmoil and struggle? God’s told us that we’re to bring hope. Are you? When you come to work or are at home with your family and friends or online with your social media “friends” are your leaving messages of hope?

Paul in Romans 12:12 said we should do 3 things, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” NIV. So raise the flag where you work and live and be a Hope Rebel. Be someone who rebels against hopelessness and brings a beacon of God’s everlasting hope. When negative and nasty conversations erupt smother the fire with words of encouragement and confidence. God’s got our backs.

The survivors of the Titanic had to wait for 2 hours in ice water before being rescued that night. God makes us wait too in what seems like icy water. It’s in that wait time that we often gain wisdom and understanding of what His ultimate and perfect plan will be for us. What seems like a disaster He’ll turn into good if we’ll endure and trust Him.

Are you in the icy waters of the deep today? Charge forward and battle those negative thoughts. Take a stand knowing that God’s standing with you. Then be a hope rebel for those around you by bringing encouragement and confidence.

Romans 8:18 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

GO be a HOPE Rebel!