Monday, August 22, 2011

hope floats

One of my all time favorite movies is Hope Floats. Harry Connick, Jr. in a cowboy hat, a fantastic country soundtrack, Sandra Bullock with some ugly-cry moments, and this quote:

"Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's what's in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will."

Isn't that true?
I think of college - scary in the beginning (especially with the suitemate situation of '99), sad when it ended, but amazing moments in the middle.
Relationships follow that same pattern, too, whether in friendships, romances, or family dynamics.
Motherhood - I'm not sure if I am out of the scary-beginning phase, but I know that every moment counts in this journey, and at the end of it, there will be tears.

It's hope that gets us through our journeys.
Hope that the middle does count.
Hope that our time here on earth will mean something to somebody.

Even when it seems hope is gone, it really isn't.  It may be hidden by circumstance or situation, but hope is always there if we just pursue it.  It wants to be found. It gets us through the most difficult times - the idea that something better is just around the corner, that even things that aren't good can end up working for good.  Hope wants to fill our lives because without it, there isn't much worth living for.


  1. Great post! I love Hope Floats as well. One of my all-time favorite.

  2. Amen sister! All of it! And boy, if I didn't have hope in God, I would be one sorry sis. I don't hold hope in people most of the time, at least, in a few I could name right now but won't .... but my hope in God endures and is the only real hope that will not disappoint. So grateful for Him and for the hope He gives me!

    And "Hope Floats" was a cute movie as I recall, been a while since I watched it just the one time though! ;) I do love Sandra Bullock, probably my favorite or at least one favorite contemporary woman actor!

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  3. Ah, the scary suite mate! Haha!

    One of my favorite songs is "Legacy" by Nicole Nordeman. There is a line "How will they remember me...did I choose to love...did I point to You?" I often (more than I should)--especially when I am at a wedding and watching the mother/son or father/daughter dance--think about that moment when I have to let go of my children and send them off into the world. I'm at the beginning now...that will be the end (of a phase, at least). What will I do with the middle? What will my kids say about me--what do I want them (or anyone) to say about me? That she made really great chocolate chip cookies? That she made us cute Halloween costumes and really great lunches? That she kept the house clean and fed or friends? Or that she pointed us to Jesus...that she taught us how to hope and pray and love others? You make the point that each morning when we wake up we have a choice about the middle. We can either hope (and have faith and joy like you've also wrote about), or we can concern ourselves with all of the things that rob us of or distract us from what matters.


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