1. Hope [ho'hp] transitive verb:
a) to desire with expectation of obtainment;
b) to expect with confidence: trust; rely
2. Hope [ho'hp] noun:
a) desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment; expectation of success
b) the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
c) someone or something on which hopes are centered
(Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster)
Hope doesn't necessarily exist apart from struggle. In fact, there's usually a battle raging. What hope does is to remind us there is the possibility of something better. Hope speaks a continual, "Don't quit." It 's that ever present whisper in our hearts that says, "It's not over. You can do this." It's the proverbial Rocky music in our ears.
And there is a greater hope as well. Romans 5 hope. Colossians 1 hope. It's the ultimate hope in my life. It's what keeps me going in this journey.
"While there is life there is hope - and while there is hope there is life." - E.E. Holmes