"Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope."
Faith and hope are tied together. You aren't going to believe anything enough to do something about it unless you have some kind of hope that it will accomplish something. Every time we do anything, we do it because of faith... faith that our action will cause something to happen. And in that way, we have hope in the future. It isn't always well-founded hope, but if we are taking any action at all, we have some hope. Even taking out the trash is an action born of faith and hope. You have faith that it will make the house smell better, or that it will make you feel like you accomplished something. :) If we had no hope that it would do anything, we'd just let the trash pile up and never take it out. Sometimes I think that we do that spiritually. We lose our hope that cleaning the sins out of our souls will do any good, and we let them pile up. No matter what kind of inner living room we've managed to create that way, none of us is hopeless. God has faith in us, and hope for our futures, and he takes action every day, working for our salvation. Today, let's give ourselves another chance... have some hope, take some action. Have faith that we can change and improve.