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Remembering Hope

     An important person in my life once said "Imagine we are on a road trip.  I'm here with you for the journey, but you have the road map.  I'll be sure to show you some cool points along the way."  That person was Paul Staup, a man whom I had the privilege of knowing both as a therapist and mentor.

     Paul had a unique ability to see beyond a person's "symptoms" and go straight for the heart issues.  He had a passion to bring others hope and healing through Jesus Christ our Savior.  He had a mission while here on earth, and a calling that he responded to.  He had an incredible love for others, which spilled out in every area of his life.

     Something special that Paul taught me was about the concept of hope.  He taught me how to find hope throughout life's difficulties, and also throughout the joy.  He taught me about persevering through the up's and downs, and how to truly lean on a Savior that calls us to cast our cares on Him.  Paul manifested the scripture found in Romans 5:3-5 "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

      It’s important to remember the people in our lives who have imparted wisdom and truth. It’s also important to value the people who have given us hope when we were hopeless, have led us to the cross to find healing and redemption, and have believed in us even when we couldn’t believe in ourselves. Paul said in one of his devotionals “Big boys and girls do cry and need to cry to the right person and in a safe place.”

     My prayer is that you remember those who have helped you during some of the deepest moments of sadness in your life. I hope that as you reflect, you can smile, knowing that you had someone there who encouraged you, believed in you and pointed you towards the cross. And if you do not have that person in your life right now, I pray that God will place them in your life.

     Paul was an incredible man with an incredible gift. He will always be remembered and cherished in our hearts. Thanks for showing me some of the cool points along the way!