HOPE

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Somebody, somewhere needs to read this right now… this one is for you:

Has there ever been a time like this before?

Where is your hope?Grown men cry themselves to sleep tonight. They are weary with the pressure of feeding their children, making the next house payment or pumping a little more gas in the car.

In the early morning hours, their hearts will race as fear chases them down every dark alley in the corners of their mind. Torture has never been so cruel as the constant thoughts of losing, falling and failing. Fiery darts fly constantly at them with no relenting, no reprieve, no rest.

Where can you go for shelter and safety? There seems to be no escape. Massive corporations are crumbling all around. Institutions once thought indestructible have collapsed… as vapor into air. Gone are the cornerstones. Lost are the hiding places.

These are the days when the heart of a man fails him for fear.

HOPE

It is only one word… four little letters… H-O-P-E. Powerful enough to elect an American President. Strong enough to destroy a dictatorship.

Encapsuled in this word is all the strength you need. Fear may be Kryptonite, but HOPE is the Kryptonite Killer. One pure ounce of HOPE will break you free… it will release you from the torture in your mind… empowering you to brave through any opposition.

But your HOPE must be anchored in something real. It has to have a backing stronger than thought or imagination. True HOPE must have substance to be powerful… to last longer than a minute… to carry you through the night. Your HOPE needs to be real. Is it?

Hope on the Ropes

When your HOPE is on the ropes… fighting… swinging… sweating… who is in your corner? You know, the voice that yells at you. The voice that you trust. The voice that knows exactly what to do.

Who is in your corner?

Don’t tell me that you’ve got yourself and that’s all you need! You won’t make it through the night if you’re counting on yourself. Fear will grab you by the hair, punch you in the throat and finish you before you recover from the first blow. You won’t make it by yourself. You already know that.

Are you counting on family, friends or business partners?

Family and friends are good, but they have their own battles to fight. Grandparents aren’t around for long and your parents will soon be gone too. Friends in business are friends because you’re in business. See what happens when you go out of business. Don’t blame them. They’re only human. You need supernatural help, don’t you?

The Answer

There’s only one answer… always has been just one answer… always will be just one answer.

The HOPE you’re looking for right now can only be found in the creator of your soul. The one who knit you together in your mother’s womb. Before you took your first breath, he knew all the days of your life and had a plan for you.

I’m not talking about church.

I’m not talking about religion.

I’m talking about the one who flung the stars into the sky. The one who walked on water, made blind eyes to see and raised the dead. I’m talking about The Answer.

Pray This Prayer

If you’re buried under the pressure of life, crippled by fear, or holding on to your last thread, pray this prayer right now. Say it out loud right now, right where you are and The Answer you need will hear you. He’ll come to your corner, lift you up and bring you peace.

Say this prayer right now…

Dear Heavenly Father,

I don’t know what to do or where else to turn…

I need you to come to my corner and help me. I’m lost, confused and afraid. I’m scared and I need you to come to my rescue… I need you to fill me with HOPE.

You can make blind men see and lame men walk. You can help me right now. Help me sleep at night. Help me provide for my family. Help me and give me peace.

Your Bible says that I can call on you when I’m in trouble and you will answer me. Lord, I’m in trouble. I’m in serious trouble and I need your help right now.

Give me HOPE and show me that you’ve heard my prayer.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen

P.S. If you’ve prayed that prayer, and you’re not ashamed to share your story, leave a comment below because I want to know who I stayed up all night to write this for… God Bless, Mike

About The Author

Mike Coday

Mike Coday is a retired youth pastor turned serial entrepreneur, roofing marketing consultant, author, speaker, sales trainer, and sentimental family man.

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9 Comments

  • Jay

    Reply Reply August 4, 2011

    Mike,

    No doubt about it, you’re the man. Lots of great advice and I didn’t have to buy a book or get on a spam list. Thank you.

    I am an adjuster thats making the transition to being a sales person. My advantages are obvious in that I know that other side and get relate that to customers- like getting estimates and supplements approved easily and getting the RD back before the job is finished. But the actual way you approach some one on a door knock opportunity had escaped me. Thanks for your help-if you have any questions from the other side, let me know.

    • mike

      Reply Reply August 14, 2011

      Jay,

      Thx.

      Roofing has been good to me for a lot of years. I want to be able to give back.

      LMK if I can ever help you out directly.

      Mike

  • Billy

    Reply Reply May 15, 2011

    Im going through a bad time rite now and must shift gears. Was a top selling mortgage banker for years and thought I could make a living on referals, in this business. I was dead wrong. I have to knock or starve now. Wish me luck. The claim check process is hurting me bcuz people think they can keep the money if they shop you. I would throw you a party if you help me w that topic. Your tips are best Iv read! Billy

  • Tom

    Reply Reply May 13, 2011

    Hi Mike,

    I just found your website and have been reading through all of your articles.

    I really appreciate your having the faith to share your faith. As a Christian in an industry that doesn’t always have the cleanest reputation, its nice to know there are others of like mind in the business.

    God bless you and keep on writing. I find your insights to be really useful.

    Tom

  • KC

    Reply Reply April 3, 2011

    Great stuff Mike! I check this website on a regular basis, thanks for all the great insight on this business! I am new to the roofing business as well and have a 4 month old son, so this article really hit home! Thanks again!

    • mike

      Reply Reply April 3, 2011

      Thanks Man!

      Being responsible for a 4 month old son is a lot of responsibility.

      I’m really glad the article helped you. My prayer is that you find the strength you need to provide for your baby boy.

      Be encouraged man. You’re going to make it.

  • mike

    Reply Reply March 24, 2011

    Neal, thank you for taking the time to share what you’re going through.

    Being on the road for long periods of time away from the ones you love is extremely tough… very hard to do. I commend you for your hard work and pray that you’ll be able to work closer to home this year.

    The pressure of being on the road forces us to learn quickly how to make a living in sales. The great thing about roofing sales is that once you learn how to sell roofs, you can sell almost anything. You may not make as much money, but your experience will help you get a sales job close to home if you stay at it.

    Best to you,
    Mike

    • Deanna

      Reply Reply July 10, 2011

      Thanks for the special prayer and all the information and encouragement. I am a single mom with 5 kids. 3 kids in college and struggling to make ends meet. I am really really trying the roofing sales thing…..I may not be a good enought sales person…been at it for 3 weeks and knocked on about 80 doors!! LOL! Thanks again.

  • Neal

    Reply Reply March 24, 2011

    I appreciate the time you spent on this. Alot of the things you speak of are exactly troubles I face also. Im new to the roofing sales industry and since starting I have been on the road for 9 months straight. Its hard being away from my girlfriend and 18 month old daughter, but I just hope that one day all of this will pay off and I wont be forced to travel to make a living for my family.

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