Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Get Your Hopes Up

Mister Luke started reading a book this week called 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson for his book group. As we were reading together, there was a line that stood out to me.

The author is introducing a twelve year old boy.

He was not looking forward to reuniting with Aunt Dotty and Uncle Frank. Not because he in any way disliked them, but because he had led a life that had taught him not to look forward to anything.


His life had taught him not to look forward to anything.

So well worded that I hate to reword it. But, in other words

he didn't want to get his hopes up.

I get that. Sometimes you get your hopes up and you are disappointed.
Then it happens again and again and you learn, like this boy in this book has, not to look forward to anything.

When I read that line, I was struck at how deeply sad it was that a twelve year old would feel such a thing. But truly it is terribly sad at any age.

So, look forward!

Get your hopes up!

It is just too terribly sad not to.

16 comments:

Farmgirl Paints said...

I know having something to look forward to is what keeps me going. I usually feel depressed when a vacation is over because I looked forward to it for so long. I have to have that next thing to give me hope and purpose. Does that make sense?:)

Buddy and Krista said...

You know I LOVE this, my friend. HOPE is rising...
:)

Shanda said...

Your post is an affirmation to me today! The title of my post today was, "Discouragement." Although I have moved past my title; your post was perfectly timed!

"Hope Floats!"

Shanda said...

Oh and congratulations on winning Becky's giveaway!!

Amanda said...

I love getting my hopes up, the higher you reach the closer you get! :)

I'm visiting from FarmGirl Paints, congrats on your big win!

donahugh43 said...

Loved your post today. Sometimes all we have is hope for tomarrow.

golonghorns said...

Visiting from Farmgirl Paints, congats on your ring! That should be a great reminder to Love Life and Be Brave and never give up Hope!

golonghorns said...

Drat... typos! Have a blessed day!

Sande said...

So true. Kill our hope and we have nothing to live for.

Nancy said...

oh yes, my hopes are always up! I've taught my kids that there is always something new and exciting coming up...and there always is.

Tiffany said...

True, true. Thank God for His hope!

Foursons said...

I have had to teach my stepsons to hope for the best but expect the worst when it comes to their mother. So sad!

Life is good! said...

my daughter has a friend who doesn't get excited about anything- how sad. i think she has been through much more in her life than i know.
i love getting my hopes high, of course it doesn't take much for me to look forword to something!

Barely Domestic Mama said...

I've just recently got to that point in my life where I get my hopes up...barely there, but working on getting better.

confused homemaker said...

Without hope you have nothing, it's important to keep it up.

Lena said...

Life can get hard and rocky plenty of times... what I tell myself when it is just too much...in haven there will be no worries, no tears, no pain, no troubles... Just our loving Father with open arms. :)