Overcome fear.  No matter what kind of situation you may find yourself facing, don't be afraid, because God will always be with you and have your best interests in mind since He loves you.  Whenever feelings of fear creep into your life, turn to God for the help you need to overcome them and successfully navigate your circumstances.  Whenever you sense God calling you to do something that requires taking a risk, move forward without fear because God will empower you to do whatever He calls you to do.

Keep heaven in mind.  Remember all that awaits you in heaven at the end of your life here on Earth.  Let the anticipation of the wonderful experiences you'll have in heaven motivate you to meet your current challenges with the hope, which will lead to the strength you'll need to get through any situation.  As you think about heaven, focus your mind on what truly matters and let distractions go so you can live life to the fullest right now.

Don't give up.  Whenever your sense of hope starts running out, ask God to renew you with a fresh dose of hope so you can continue to faithfully deal with the difficult situations that come your way.  Be confident that at the right time, God will reward you for your faithfulness if you don't give up your faith in the middle of challenging circumstances.  Count on God to give you more hope whenever you ask Him for it.

Adapted from Hope is Contagious: Trusting God in the Face of Any Obstacle, copyright Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson. Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.zondervan.com
Dr. Ken Hutcherson is the senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church, a multicultural community of faith in the greater Seattle area. A former professional football player, he played for the Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers, and Dallas Cowboys. He lives with his family in Redmond, Washington.