Friday, November 4, 2011

Giving up hope

One of my favorite quotes about hope is:

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
- Shawshank Redemption

I recently heard a father talking about his son who had recently gotten married. He actually said, "We'd almost given up hope" because this poor son had hit 30 before getting married.

How sad is that!?! Parents giving up hope on their kids. That's kind of rotten parenting isn't it?

Now, I'm pretty sure that isn't what that father meant, but that doesn't mean I haven't heard it many times in many places. However, the words that come out of your mouth reflect the thoughts rolling around in your head. So if you're saying you have no hope in your kids than somewhere you're thinking they are a lost cause.

I never lost hope in myself. It might have dimmed at times but it never went out. Don't lose hope. Don't let it die. Have true hope and faith.


TRS said...

you make a great point and I hope some parents read it and take it to heart.

I have a friend whose mom is an incredible prayer warrior. The woman gets results! Obvious, answer to prayers results. After the latest, astonishing evidence I asked my friend if her mom was praying for me. For me to find my husband. Her mom called while I was at her house and my friend made the request. She agreed and asked me when I wanted to meet him! (now she's just showing off!) I decided by the end of the year (yep, the end of 2011!)

Meanwhile, a phone conversation with my own mother went like this... "I don't think you will get married. you like a man, then you don't like him. I just don't think you're going to find someone."

Thanks mom. My friend's mother is praying for me... and my own mother doesn't even believe in God's providence!! That's wonderful to hear!!