One of my biggest pet peeves happens when I talk excitedly about a prospect, an adventure or an idea and someone says, “Don’t get your hopes up.”
When someone says that, I tell myself, “He thinks I am not talented enough to persuade the prospect,” and “What she means is I am not qualified for the adventure,” or “He doesn’t think I am persistent enough to pull the idea off.”
So, the problem may be in my head. After all, Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” She also said, “The future belongs to those who realize the beauty of their dreams.”
That is good, but Jesus said it even better: “With God all things are possible.”
On an intellectual level, I know that when my friends tell me not to get my hopes up, they’re saying they don’t want me to be disappointed.
But hope is heavenly, scriptural and, sometimes, all we have. We all fail; we all lose heart, so we become conditioned after a while not to get our hopes up when maybe we should. Some of the most well-known characters in the Bible are the ones who have failed the most dramatically. David blew two of the Big Ten just over Bathsheba alone. Peter denied knowing Jesus on the eve of the most important weekend in history. Some characters got their hopes up and were rewarded: Abraham, Noah, Esther, Ruth and Mary.
One project I can confidently get my hopes up about is the prospect, adventure and idea of a beautiful eternity. The living son of God waits there for me, for me, no matter how many times I fail, no matter how many times I need to yell: “Do overs!”
Jesus cheers us on, even when we fail. Listen closely and you may hear him whisper in your ear: “Get your hopes up! I’m coming back.”