April 27, 2020

Hope: an Anchor in Troubled Waters, part 2

"And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety."--Job 11:18 (KJV)

The words “secure”, “rest”, and “safety” may seem far from our present reality. We have many questions, but few answers. How can a person feel confident in the future when society is in disorder? She can keep hoping.

The last article here addressed this topic. This writing will showcase different quotes and resources.

“High Hopes”

Frank Sinatra (yes, THE Frank Sinatra), released this song in 1959. It won an Oscar for best original song. Some people might wonder why this piece was chosen. The lyrics and music suit the simplicity of children’s songs. In fact, in the original video, below, Sinatra sings with a group of kids.

So what’s the attraction? The clear message is as uplifting as they come:
  • A tiny ant refuses to believe he can’t take down rubber trees. He demolishes a few of them. Logic saysAnts can only carry from 10 to 50 times their body weight.
  • A ram (male sheep) want to butt a hole in a huge dam.  He succeeds. Logic says…Two male bighorn sheep butting heads create a maximum of 800 pounds of force.

Moral of the story: Logic isn’t always right. It isn’t always enough. 

Quotes on Hope from shutterfly.com

“Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” –Robert Green Ingersoll
”A positive statement propels hope toward a better future, it builds up your faith and that of others, and it promotes change.” –Jan Dargatz
”It’s always something, to know you’ve done the most you could. But, don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last.” –Charles Dickens
“Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.” –Samuel Smiles
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” –Desmond Tutu
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” –Bernard Williams
“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” –Robert H. Schuller
“To live without hope is to cease to live.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Hope fills the holes of my frustration in my heart.” –Emanuel Cleaver

My Conclusion

Is your soul anchored?

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