Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sunday Hope

Thad talked about hope this morning. He played a clip from The Shawshank Redemption with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. Morgan Freeman has a line: Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

The most dangerous thing about hope is that you might lose it. How do you keep hope alive when everything around you seems hopeless?

Three things trigger hopelessness:
  1. Pointlessness or meaninglessness.
  2. Believing your situation is not going to change.
  3. Believing the outcome is going to produce an undesirable result.
He preached from Hebrews 6:10-20. How do you recover hope?
  • v10~Draw your meaning from God and God alone. God is not unjust. He hasn't forgotten you.
  • v17&18~God doesn't change. Attach your meaning to God. He is the point.
  • v11~Wait until the end. We know the end.
  • v19~We have this hope as an anchor for the soul.
  • v18~Always pray and don't lose heart.
How do you gain a measure of hope? Make sure your prayer life is up to speed. Will you spend an hour of prayer? Draw you meaning from God alone. Function like Jesus - Pray.

I don't know how much sense that made as I typed it from my notes, but it was inspiring coming from Thad this morning. I hope you glean just a little inspiration from it.


Razor Family Farms said...

Excellent post! Are you familiar with the story of Pandora's box?

According to the myth, Pandora opened the box, releasing all the evils of mankind— greed, vanity, slander, envy, pining— leaving only hope inside once she had closed it again.

Here is the debate: If Hope is imprisoned in the jar, does this mean that human existence is utterly hopeless or the hope that we might be able to master these evils remains imprisoned inside the jar. Life is not hopeless, but each of us is hopelessly human.

I just thought I'd through this out there since it was sort of on topic and fun to think about.


One Busy Mom said...

What pic are you talking about? your comment on my blog? The girl with the red hair - not me.



Razor Family Farms said...

I meant "throw" not "through" -- I don't know what is up with all my typos these days, Holly!

I'm dreadful.