Two Weeks! We've made it to the half way point.
Today we find inspiration in an unlikely place.
Or more specifically with convicted criminals.
The Shawshank Redemption was based on a short story by Stephen King. It's about what it's like to bond with other convicts in prison. It stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
It's one of my husband's favorite movies.
Here is a clip.
"Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies"
Earlier in the film Red (Morgan Freeman) tells Andy (Tim Robbins) that hope is a dangerous thing.
I guess in prison convicts learn not to get their hopes up. You are in the same place day in and day out. You don't do anything on your own. Everything is scheduled for you. You have no choice about anything. Even parole isn't guaranteed. In this particular prison, the guards and the warden do not treat the convicts very well and there isn't anything they can do about it. If you are granted parole you can expect to be treated differently by people for the rest of your life.
It makes sense not to hope for anything.
Andy is a different sort of convict right from the start. He understands that in order to survive with your heart and mind intact while in prison you have to have hope. You have to have this little part of you that finds something to hold onto. If not, when you do get out you won't ever be able to be happy again.
As Christians we are more like Andy then Red.
Hebrews 6:19 (NASB)"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil"
Jesus is our hope, the one sure thing that will keep us afloat even in our darkest times. He is our hope for a future and everlasting life.
Sometimes we face tough times and our "sentence" drags on longer than we would like and we have to hold onto that hope for a long time.
But don't be afraid, because yes hope is a good thing, without it we'd all just be sitting in prison.