I was running a on a treadmill in the cardio cinema at my gym in 2010 when the thought first came into my head, at least consciously. I, and the gym, used the name “cardio cinema” rather liberally. It was basically a dark room with some cardio equipment, a projector, and a screen on which they played movies meant to distract and entertain you while you worked out. The problem was they only played about five movies over the course of a year, and they didn’t tend to be blockbuster hits. After the first thirty times of watching the same mildly entertaining movie it became about as interesting as staring at the black walls that bordered the cardio cinema.
As the sweat dripped down my face and my mind drifted, I had a “least expected” moment. You know, one of those moments when you are not doing or thinking about anything of significance and then, when you least expect it, something changes. For me on that April day my least expected moment came in the form of a question- what gave me hope for the future? I knew I had hope – hope that God had a plan for my life and desired the best for me – but I was not sure why that was true for me and not others, even others who claimed to have the same Christian faith. Sure, I have always been an optimistic person, but this was more concrete than simple optimism.
For many years, I have operated under the belief that we are all creations of God, and, therefore, equally created to reach our God-given potential. The words of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech ring very true to me. All people are created equal and should be viewed and treated as such. If this is true, why do equally created people not have equal perspective on the hope for the future?
It was in that moment I had a life-altering paradigm shift. While all people are created equal with equal hope to become all that God created them to be, all people have not been given the same opportunity. The opportunity to have others reinforce that truth in their lives and the opportunity to access resources needed to realize that hope. If that is the case, how does that change, I thought.
Over the course of the years since, that question and the answers that followed has led me on a journey that I never would have expected on that day running on a treadmill in a cardio cinema. It is a journey I still find myself on today, but with a much different perspective than when it started. A perspective filled with hope and conviction. A perspective I feel compelled to share.
What started as a “least expected” moment has turned into a “least expected” project. A project by the name of “Hope Realized”, a still “in the works” book that I hope will change many people’s perspective of hope and it’s power to create real change.
Over the course of the coming months, I will be sharing some of my thoughts from “Hope Realized” on this platform as I continue along on this journey. I hope you will join me on this adventure of Hope Realized.