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How About Crazy Hope

Leaders need hope to lead and venture forward and navigate change…hope to enter into new mission territory.

No hope? No action!

And the bad news is that harsh realities crush hope!

I think it’s one of the reasons that leaders consistently are impacted by any of the PLI learning communities because they experience…

New Hope that leads to New Courage!

Consistently PLI sees leaders willing to:

  • take on new challenges.
  • reconnect themselves to the mission of God.
  • confront enormous obstacles for the sake of the Gospel.

All because they experience…

New Hope that leads to New Courage!

There are lots of ways that you can increase the “hope factor” in the heart of a leader, but let me offer the CRAZY HOPE option.

Listen to Jesus. Act on what He Says!

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man. (Matthew 7:24)

Maybe Peter had CRAZY HOPE in Luke 5 after fishing all night with no fish when he listened to Jesus and pushed out for the deep water.

Maybe the 72 disciples in Luke 10 had “two by two” CRAZY HOPE when they heard “lambs among wolves” and went out with

  • no purse,
  • no bag,
  • no sandals.

Maybe Peter (again) in Acts 10 and 11 had only CRAZY HOPE on his way to Cornelius and later explained:

…who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way? (Acts 11:17)

How about this… let’s fall on our knees and Listen to God’s Word and simply put that into practice.

ACTUALLY…I’m probably offering more of my own personal confession than I am your agenda. I’ve found seasons of my life and corners of my heart where I’ve had to exhaust all of the options to land on the CRAZY HOPE that I’ll simply, boldly, face the impossible and…

Listen to God’s Word and put it into practice!

If I’m you, and…

If I’ve got lots of immigrants around me or my community demographics are way different than me it overwhelms my hope!

If the average age in my congregation is 68 and I’m in my 20’s…it overwhelms my hope!

If I barley have enough time in the day for the tasks that need to get done…it overwhelms my hope!


So, what if, when it’s all said and done and we’ve tried it all…

We lean forward into the “it’s so bad” our best shot is to listen to Jesus and put it into practice. 


Jock Ficken
Rev. Dr. Jock Ficken

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