Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Got Hope? I Hope So!


"You lived in this world without God and without hope."   ... Ephesians 2:12

Oh for Pete's sake...

Ever wondered what's the most depressing movie at Netflix? Last night Tom and I found it. It's called Homeless (originally called No Place Like Home).

The apartment burned down of a young family (parents, two children, 5 and 10-ish) who apparently had no friends (how do parents of two children have no friends?), only a very uptight brother/in-law, his wife and his mother with whom they stayed after they could no longer afford a motel. That lasted about four seconds until the brothers got into a huge fight (over old, old issues) and so the family left in a huff and lived in the brother's car.

Everything--mostly due to pride--careens downhill from there and the family ends up with nothing. God is not mentioned once (unless I missed it while feeding the cats). And the movie closed just the way Tom predicted it would--this family had no prospects, no hope and a written blurb came at the end saying this is the plight of millions.

Obviously, a movie created by that generation out there who believes Life contains no happy endings and neither should movies.

Gah. And we wonder why suicide is more rampant than ever before. Go spreading that type of hopelessness and what do we expect?

As Christians, it's up to us to spread hope! And help and aid and light and encouragement. It's up to us to live as good examples that, yes! God does take care of His kids as a good father should. 

And of course I realize that bad things can happen to good Christians even after we've made wise decisions and lived rightly. But even there, we're not to allow pride to lead us by the neck, making things worse. We're to continue to live in humility, unafraid, not allowing fear to negate our prayers. Our responsibility is to do what we can and believe that God will do what we cannot.

The Bible says only the people in this world without God are without hope. What saddens me? When we as Christians are the ones losing hope. When we're the ones stepping into the things-will-just-keep-getting-worse-for-me ruts beside Life's road and we stay there, sliding in the mud of despair.

Always, God has something better for His children. Hope, wisdom, courage, provision, hope, peace, joy and did I mention hope? God is the God of hope and of all comfort. May we always live as though we believe that.


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."   ... Romans 15:13

"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."  ... Proverbs 16:18

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."   ... 2 Corinthians 1:3,4


At least this hopeless movie renewed Tom's and my gratefulness for what we have. Also, it reaffirmed our belief that our next house should be large enough to take in people who'll find themselves in need during the financial crisis heading this way. Big-time confirmation.


Ha! While looking-up a link for this movie, I found a documentary called Homeless, Not Hopeless. Now, not even having seen it, at least that one sounds better.  



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the warning about that movie...I do not like watching such things. Life may indeed be like that for some in our culture however. But one would wish that a hopeful ending was least give folks some good ideas for how to survive!!

As to people you can count on to give you lodging?? Not everyone is so fortunate. Having lived with kin at times in our lives, and having had even people we hardly knew live with us...none of those situations were very good. We tried our best...but it is simply not all that easy to live with others. The ones who lived with us took great advantage of us. Whether intentional or not, I do not know. We certainly tried not to take advantage of my grandparents when we lived with them, but my grandmother became very critical of how we were trying to raise our young we moved early into the basement of the house we were building, nearly froze that winter too...well, the pipes DID freeze. But it preserved the relationship...I loved my grandparents SO MUCH and they loved us as much or more!! But indeed 24/7 is harder than one might think, even when everyone loves each other a whole lot!! We seem to need some space in our culture.

Hubby and I are going soon to help one daughter when new baby comes, for up to several months, as asked. BUT, we are hoping to find a room, studio apt, or something someplace else where we can have some alone time too, during that time. So the relationship will not suffer during that time. If we had an RV rig, we would live in that in an rv park nearby.

Well, you certainly do bring up an assortment of issues...heh!
Elizabeth in VA for the time being

Terra said...

That sounds like a depressing movie, and as you said, Christians are called on to spread hope. I like movies with happy endings, or at least a hint of happiness.

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking of just that...Room for others. We have an extra bedroom but nothing else. We have taken in people over the years but then they got ok and on their own. What if family or ? needs a home? Would we be able to help them? Our children and their families could be the ones if financial world turns over {and if we are ok then} Our home is paid for but if banks go down how are we to get $ to pay insurances let alone taxes, or utilities if they are ok etc? Food is one thing we can do ..the rest is another. You cannot barter for your taxes I don't think!! :) So this again brings up the idea of decluttering "just in case" space is needed. Let alone their two homes worth of belongings!!! How three families could make do in two bedrooms? Who knows,.. but people have certainly had less room and made it. Certainly makes you think. I wish we had enough land to put up another little house on. Many people do just that. Sarah