A stream ran through a valley between 2 mountains and was causing a lot of damage downstream. The government decided dam up the valley and turn it into a lake. They told the residents in the valley they could live there for a while, but in about a year’s time, all the land would be under water.
Six months later a reporter went to the valley and what used to be a beautiful, romantic hamlet was now a dilapidated ghost town. The lawns went un-mowed, the fences went unpainted, and relationships in the community had broken down.
This made sense to reporter, why would anyone maintain or repair anything that doesn’t have a future? Then he penned this powerful statement, “Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power the present.”
If we want power in our present, we must have hope that better days lay ahead, especially when it doesn’t look like it.