Jump directly to the Content
Jump directly to the Content

Sermon Illustrations

Home > Sermon Illustrations

Hope Is an Essential Part of Life

Humans seek after hope like moths seek after light. It’s intrinsic to who we are. Neuroscientists Tali Sharot argues hope is so essential to our survival that it is hardwired into our brains, arguing it can be the difference between living a healthier life versus one trapped by despair.

  • Studies show hopeful college kids get higher GPA’s and are more likely to graduate.
  • Hopeful athletes perform better on the field, cope better with injuries, and have greater mental adjustment when situations change.
  • In one study of the elderly, those who said they felt hopeless were more than twice as likely to die during the study follow-up period than those who were more hopeful.

It’s pretty clear: hope is powerfully catalytic, and why Dr. Shane Lopez, the psychologist who was regarded as the world’s leading researcher on hope, claimed that hope isn’t just an emotion but an essential life tool.


Drake Baer, “What Good Is Hope?,” The Cut (12-27-16)

Related Sermon Illustrations

Without Hope, Suicide Rates Rise

In a powerful article titled "Dying of Despair," psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty observes the startling rise in deaths from suicide and drug overdoses. He points to a number of long-term ...

[Read More]

'The Last Jedi' Prompts: 'Is There Hope in What We Are Trusting?'

In his blog, Major Dalton dives deeply into the nature of hope:

Authentic hope is a hard thing to kill. In the heart of the one who knows that outcome is not driven by perception or ...
[Read More]