Sunday, March 3, 2013

What is Hope?

"Hope is the intangible feeling that encompasses life's unknown possibilities." 


This quote is on the back of a book that I helped someone publish... I hope it sells because it's hard to tell if the hope that dwells inside most is legit. We often quit when there's no sign of success ahead, but imagine being left for dead in a dark room with no bed, and being fed cold meals. How would you deal? I read about 10 youthful offenders who "know it's real". How would you feel if you committed a crime and had to do the time? I'm not talking 5-7-9 or Forever 21. Try 25 to life, a guaranteed quarter century son. Now, think about how you'll live after the time is done. Survival of the fittest is not a game. This can easily happen to you if you don't change. When they lock you up and throw away the key Mama and Daddy can't give you free reign. A penny for your thoughts for the priceless cost of free pain? Choose freedom. Don't be dumb. Think before you act. Because once they take hope from you, you can only hope to get it back...


I haven't blogged in almost two months. If the message I'm trying to convey is not already clear then let me explain:

At Starbucks, on a rainy day last summer, I met a fellow "goal digger". On most Sundays after church, I spent hours at her home reading tons of letters from juveniles serving long sentences. We searched through the library archives one weekend to find supporting news articles from over 20 years ago. She even talked me into visiting a prison. We all know someone who has served time in prison, but most teenagers don't realize "if you do the crime, you do the time"... long after you become an adult. Imagine being 14 sentenced to 70 years or 16 sentenced to life.


As I read my editor's note at her book signing, fighting back the tears, I realized just how much words change lives. I realized that my purpose extends way beyond trying to inspire someone with a few words of encouragement. "Faith without works is dead"... but what's life with no hope? How can someone survive without believing in a better tomorrow? 

Life is short. Time is precious. We've heard these cliche sayings before, but when it actually applies to you, how do you handle it?


Anticipate
Foresee
Presume
Envision

... a life with no hope. "If you're living without giving, your talents are null and void." What's your purpose? Can you answer that question in one second? That's how long you can live without HOPE: to cherish a desire with anticipation; to expect with confidence; a desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment. Get my point?

LIVE YOUR DREAM and P.S. Never Give Up Hope...

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