Ran across this quote from Eugene Patterson the other day… made me think of how I use those two verbs . . .
wishing and hoping.
It is essential to distinguish between hoping and wishing. They are not the same thing.
Wishing is something all of us do. It projects what we want or think we need into the future. . . .
Hope desires what God is going to do—and we don’t yet know what that is.
Wishing grows out of our egos;
Hope grows out of our faith.
. . . . Wishing has to do with what I want in things or people or God;
Hope has to do with what God wants in me and the world of things and people beyond me.
As my faith has been tested and tried throughout life, it is Hope that carries me. It is Hope that I cling to as I let go of my wishes.