Hopeful Lives

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

—Jer. 29:11

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where O death is your victory?  Where O death is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

—1 Cor. 15: 54-57

Bradley Whitford (b. 1959), an actor and political activist wrote, “Infuse your life with action.  Don’t wait for it to happen.  Make it happen.  Make your own future.  Make your own hope.  Make your own love.  And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen…yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”  Helen Keller (1880–1968), an author and political activist expressed this hope differently than Withford when she said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Positive & Happy

Tena Desae (b. 1987), an Indian actress and model said, “Stay positive and happy.  Work hard and don’t give up hope.  Be open to criticism and keep learning.  Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.”  However Robert Fulghum (b. 1937), a Utilitarian Universalist was positive about his views when he wrote, “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.  That myth is more potent than history.  That dreams are more powerful than facts.  That hope always triumphs over experience.  That laughter is the only cure for grief.  And I believe that love is stronger than death.”

Michael Morpurgo (b. 1943), an English author was rather upbeat about his life.  He said, “Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart.  I know the sun will rise in the morning, and there is light at the end of every tunnel.” Robert Kennedy (1925–1968), a politician and lawyer wrote, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  Marie Curie (1867–1934), a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist echoed Kennedy’s feelings when she said, “You cannot build a better world without improving the individuals.  To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”  The lesson is that people ought to pull together for the good of others.

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