“If people lose hope; they have lost everything.”
– Kenny Tsatsu Tsikata
“People without hope won’t take action. If you want to help someone, give them HOPE.”
– Tom Ziglar
She believed in hope. Gave her boys hope. And they hoped with her. Will you dare to hope, too?
Below is the account of a determined mother’s hope and her children’s of a brighter future even when there was no reason for hoping…Be Inspired!
Many years ago, young Ben watched his father walk out on his family, closing the door on a life the 8-year-old would never know again ─ a father’s love!
Through periods of heartbreak, fear and financial struggle, his mother, Sonya, provided for Ben and his older brother, Curtis. A resolute mother with only a third-grade education, she ensured her sons see their potential and that they never let their circumstances get them to despair.
She taught them that anything was possible─ she gave them hope and pushed them to believe in themselves.
Despite their hardship, Sonya never gave up on her children whom she had to raise as a single mother. Instead, she hoped and believed in their future and encouraged their dreams and potential.
Both Ben and Curtis had difficulty in school. But even at 8, when his father left them, Ben was hopeful and had strong conviction he’d become a doctor one day although he was hopelessly behind in his schoolwork in a school that was competitive.
In fact, Ben fell to the bottom of his class; he was way, way down. As a result, he became the object of ridicule by his mates. They picked on him and called him “dummy”. Yet his mother, Sonya, knew the world held more hope for her boys. So she always prayed to God for wisdom for Ben and his brother to excel at school.
Sonya had faith in God. She also taught her boys that education would change their lives. She worked hard to support them. She took away the TV and strictly required that they read two books a week and produced written reports on them for her though she barely knew how to read. But they didn’t know she could not read. She was smart about that.
The boys took on the challenge and worked hard, too. Ben devoted himself to reading, learning and achievement; overcoming adversities on his path to become today’s world-renowned American neurosurgeon (Rtd) ─ Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. His older brother, Curtis Carson, also grew up to become an engineer.
Dr. Ben Carson, as he is widely known, is a devout Christian who is open about his faith in Jesus Christ. He is also an author and politician who is the 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was a candidate for President of the United States in the Republican primaries in 2016.
Dr. Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1984 to 2013. In June 2008, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, the highest civilian award in the United States, for his groundbreaking contributions to medicine and his efforts to help America’s youth fulfill their potential.
At the ceremony, Sonya Carson beamed as President Bush acknowledged her. He said of her, “Even in the toughest times, she always encouraged her children’s dreams. She never allowed them to see themselves as victims. She never, ever gave up.” Today, Sonya’s sons’ achievements are her joy and her pride. Her hard work, sacrifices, struggles and efforts had paid off.
In 1987, Ben Carson made medical history with the famous and only successful separation of Siamese twins who were joined at the back of the head when he led a 69-member surgical team who worked tirelessly for 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated and survive independently.
His other achievements include pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors, and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures. He became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33. He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications.
As a boy at a hospital one day, there was an emergency; Ben Carson heard the PA system call for a “Dr. Jones”. He fantasized that one day, they’d be calling for a “Dr. Carson”.
Now, will you dare to still believe in hope, too?
In challenging times, it may be hardto see better days ahead. You may feel as though your struggles will never end. Yet, that is exactly the moment when you should seek God and expect His intervention blessings.
Cheer up; there’s hope for you! God knows what you need. He knows where you desire to be, and He knows how to get you there. He knows how to turn the tables in your favour. God has you in the palm of His hand. Isaiah 49:16. And He has you on His mind. He knows your every need. He sees every struggle. He knows every dream, every desire.
In spite of the negative, discouraging things you’re seeing, hearing and feeling around you or perhaps going through at the moment, know that God has it all figured out. You’re a victor and a success in Christ Jesus. You’ll surely make it. Believe it! See it! They are not a factor the people who talk you down and mock you like they did Ben Carson. It makes no difference what they do also. They simply do not matter. You are who and what God has said you are. You have what He says you have and you can do what He says you can do. Believe it and align yourself with it. And start to pursue the things you perceive as possibilities for your life.
Never think the situation you might be facing is too hopeless, for no problem is insurmountable. We can draw some inspiration and lessons from Dr. Ben Carson’s story that nothing is impossible with God in it. So often we limit our thinking. We think we’ll never overcome our challenges or we’ll never accomplish our dreams. We think we don’t have the connections, the talent, or the funds. So we despair.
But the problem is that we tend to look for answers only in the natural. We have limited perspective. We forget that God is a supernatural God. And just because we don’t see a way in that situation doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have a way. The truth is that, God has solutions even before you have problems. Take the limits off God. Turn to Him. He can do ANY THING! Jeremiah 32:27.
There’s hope for you in Christ! In Romans 15:13, the Bible says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Ghost.” Trust in God. Dare to hope. Look forward to tomorrow with excitement and don’t give up. Get your hopes up and nurture it to the point it can’t be denied and expect the unexpected. You too can make it. Keep hope alive. It’s not over for you yet. Even against hope, still dare to hope! And the God of hope will come through for you!