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.