“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” –Hebrews 11:1
What should you do when someone tells you “Don’t get your hopes up”.* I guess that depends on the context in which it is spoken.
For example: “I really wish I could loose 35 pounds and not make any changes to my diet.”
Response: “Don’t get your hopes up”
Translation: “Put that Twinkie down you mo-ron”
But let’s just say, it happens more like this…..
“I was wondering if you have heard anything positive about our case”
Response: “Don’t get your hopes up….but…..
Translation: "Could something be on the horizon for us? Like soon?!?!?"
So what do we make of that? There are so many nuances in the English language. Really the secret lies with the word “but” . It’s like a little disclaimer saying “I don’t want you to get upset if this is a false alarm, BUT, I think something good is just around the corner, BUT I’m not at liberty to discuss any details because, well, I don’t want you to get your hopes up.” So is it really better NOT to get your hopes up? Or is that like saying “Oh my gosh, smell this! It’s the worst smell you have ever smelt?” Whadda ya do? You smell it of course! You just can't help yourself. You jump right in with reckless abandon. I mean with the word "but"
I mean with the word "but"you may be disappointed if say TWO WEEKS goes by and your hopes are dashed, but isn’t it better to hope than to never hoped at all?
“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark” - George Iles
So hear we are, holding out our hands in the dark.
*Disclaimer: This blog contains cryptic messages. You can take as little or as much away from it as your imagination allows.