I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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A few questions.

I have a pro­ject I am doing. It would be great if you guys could help me with it. If you could take a few minutes to answer these ques­tions as best you can it would be great.
Who, what or where gives you hope??
Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­res­ents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any other??
Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or someone you have nev­er met??
Could it be a single graph­ic image, a cheap doodle, piece of graf­fiti on a wall??
If you have taken the time to answer these thank you very much. If you have taken the time to attach images etc then thank you again. This is for a uni pro­ject so I will keep you all pos­ted on the pro­ject, please keep check­ing back for progress.
EDIT: I would really appre­ci­ate some answers from some non-chris­ti­ans. I real­ise that all the ones so far are from chris­ti­ans, so it would be really great to here from non believ­ers. If you are not a believ­er please don’t feel you have noth­ing to con­trib­ute, you do and your answers are just as val­id and import­ant as those who do believe.

14 responses

  1. The fact that i know that when i die I am not fin­ished gives me hope and that the ful­ness of life i will exper­i­ence then, i can exper­i­ence now. This hope is because of Jesus and I’ve only had it since i became a Chris­ti­an when I was 13, the Bible rep­res­ents it pretty well, but so do the stars – if they’ve man­aged to stay up there for so long then i, who means a lot more to god, can prob­ably last out too. There isn’t a graph­ic image that fits this for me, at least I haven’t found it yet, it would have to encap­su­late the feel­ing of warm sun on face with the smell of fresh­ness when it’s just rained in sum­mer – prob­ably not a pho­to­graph as they so often can­’t do the ori­gin­al sight justice, i dunno – you’re the graph­ic designer!

  2. Espe­cially at east­er time, I get hope from Jesus when he dies on cross for me. Feel hope­ful now as im excited about the future and what it holds. I think the little say­ing; a child asked Jesus how much he loves him, and Jesus replied, ‘this much’ and he opened his arms wide upon the cross and died.
    The film the Note­book sums up hope to me because it seems to say that no mat­ter how much suf­fer­ing and pain an indi­vidu­al goes through, love is the one thing than can get you through. I think East­er time is full of hope because it tells of how we have been for­giv­en because we are loved so much. And when we die, it is not over, because of how much God loves us. I find oth­er Chr­s­ti­ans fill me with hope when you can see the excit­ment as they try to live and aspire to be like Christ.
    Theres some graffti on a wall in Can­ter­bury of a dark angel which has a glow­ing halo and wings. When I walk past it I always feel it reflects hope because it shows how even though we are dark sin­ners, Jesus still allows him­self to shine out of us.

  3. The amaz­ing truth that Jesus died in my place, to take my sins on his shoulders, know­ing that my heav­enly Fath­er has for­giv­en me and is pre­par­ing my place in heav­en is the only reas­on I can have hope. Some­times you can lose track of what you’re here for, you get caught up in the world and the things it throws at you but then you remem­ber that this isn’t home and that we are only he for a short time, that gives me hope. I guess I did­n’t always think like that, as a kid you kind of just accept that Jesus died for you but you don’t fully under­stand what that means. I definately have more hope now than I did as a kid. It’s hard for me as I am scared of dying and in some ways I think I have to trust in God more and in the hope that he brings. I think a verse in the bible sums in up: 2 Cor­inthi­ans 4 v 18: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is tem­por­ary, but what is unseen is etern­al. How can you not have hope when you have a faith that you have been saved in Jesus Christ. I don’t think any­thing could rep­res­ent hope pictori­ally because it is more than that, it could nev­er be expressed to it’s fullest. Only God can know the hope that you have.

  4. For me hope lies not in the death of Jesus Christ but the fact that he lived again. This puts new light upon the bible pas­sage ‘He whois for us is great­er than those who are against’, as it shows my God defeated the uni­ver­sal con­stant: Death. In this life i have no fear, i have ups and downs, but through it all I know death is not the end becuase my God defeated it and prom­ises me that so will I. That is hope; liv­ing for the present with no fear fo the future.

  5. Nature gives me hope. The fact that the world goes on no mat­ter how bad things get. That you will always be able to escape to an area of nat­ur­al beauty and feel com­pletely at ease. Nature is so com­pletely awe inspir­ing that I can­’t ignore it. To think of all the bil­lions of nat­ur­al pro­cesses and sys­tems that just hap­pen, dis­pite human intervention.
    I think an image that sym­bol­ises hope for me is that of a sun­set on a beach with waves break­ing over the rocky shore. That is when I feel most at ease with the world and that is what fills me with hope for the future. 🙂

  6. The fact that i am a child of God and that i have etern­al life gives me hope. My hope is stronger today than it has ever been before. The pic­ture that rep­res­ents hope best to me is of the three crosses on cal­vary with the focus on the middle one on which Jesus died. i know that it is very sym­bol­ic but when i see the cross it reminds me that Christ died for me and that have free­dom from my sins because of it. The book for me is the book of Romans in the New Test­a­ment of the Bible. i dont think that i have a par­tic­u­lar sea­son but if there was one it would prob­ably be the sum­mer see­ing the trees with thi­er leaves and the flowers and the sun­shine it is all truly amaz­ing. God is ulti­mately who i have my hope in. There is no one like him.

  7. >Who, what or where gives you hope??
    My friends, my girl­friend and my family.
    >Was there any point in time when you had more hope than >you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever >before??
    Definatly more hope as time goes on, because you learn that everything always ends up ok in the end.
    >Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­res­ents hope to you?? a >song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    “Dance like nobody’s watch­ing; love like you’ve nev­er been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listen­ing; live like it’s heav­en on earth” – Mark Twain
    >Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up >the best??
    I quite like any film or book that has a really happy end­ing like where two people fall in love, that makes me really happy and gives me a belief that every­one will find true love later even if it takes a while.
    >Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope >more than any other??
    Its nice if it snows in winter, or if its rain­ing really hard and just listen­ing to it while in bed
    >Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope >above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your >chil­dren?? or someone you have nev­er met??
    My girl­friend gives me hope because shes been noth­ing but lovly to me since ive met her 🙂
    >Could it be a single graph­ic image, a cheap doodle, piece >of graf­fiti on a wall??
    the art­work of chil­dren is always the most inspir­ing thing to see, great just to look over some of the stuff that ive drawn that my mom has saved and shown me from so long ago!
    Im not a chris­ti­an, but i respect and quite like chris­ti­an’s beliefs and i hope­fully u’d appre­ci­ate my answers. Katie Shaw ask me to do it so thank her! 🙂

  8. what gives me hope? Per­petu­al hope – water. It is nev­er end­ing. It rains, col­lects as a small rivu­let, builds into a stream, to a river to an estu­ary, before finally col­lect­ing in the sea, where it washes the shore or crashes the rocks. You can see a storm out at sea while stand­ing in the sun on a cliff listen­ing to the crash­ing sounds. the ebb and flow links to my heart beat – rht­m­ic­al, steady. Water does fail some­times like in Africa, but that single rain drop gives so much hope, hope of things to come. It washes, it feeds, It is life giv­ing both phys­ic­al and spir­itu­al. Be filled with the life giv­ing waters of our Lord.

  9. Who, what or where gives you hope??
    My friends and fam­ily give me hope. Not always expli­citly but through their advice and guid­ance hope is gained and helps build your own per­son­al aspir­a­tions and hope.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
    I don’t think hope can be quan­ti­fied like this. There are dif­fer­ent types of hope depend­ing on your cur­rent situ­ation and out­look on things. I ‘hope’ I will win the lot­tery, just like I hope Not­ting­ham Forest won’t get releg­ated! 😉 These aren’t life long dreams but mearly spur of the moment feel­ings based on my cur­rent sur­round­ings and opin­ions. I also have my own per­son­al hopes and dreams such as hav­ing a fam­ily and get­ting a good job.
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­res­ents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    “Don’t be encumbered by his­tory, go out and do some­thing won­der­ful” – Robert Noyce, Intel Corporation.
    I only heard this quote recently but when I heard it it really made me think about things.

    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
    The book and film Papil­lon by Henri Char­ri­ere to me rep­res­ents one man’s struggle against an unjust sys­tem and his desire to escape. It dis­plays how his hope nev­er sub­sided and he even­tu­ally escaped and became a free man.
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any other??
    I think that the autumn or winter would fill me with hope. The fact that all the leaves are orange and that the cold wet rainy winter is com­ing but you hope that the winter is mild and that you know spring and sum­mer will come again next year.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or someone you have nev­er met??
    I would­n’t say that there is one spe­cif­ic per­son that gives me hope more than oth­ers. Hope is gained from any num­ber of factors includ­ing people of beliefs.
    Could it be a single graph­ic image, a cheap doodle, piece of graf­fiti on a wall??
    Yes – I guess thats where you come in 😉
    Hope these few little ram­blings help out a little.
    Cheers buddy.
    Oli

  10. >Who, what or where gives you hope??
    my faith, my friends and fam­ily. home. my bed room at home, and my home church build­ing! i dont know why, maybe its famili­ar­ity. yeh, prob­ably familiarity
    >Was there any point in time when you had more hope than >you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever >before??
    no, think im fairly at my peak of hope – think its just when everything is going well, life feels good and im happy then hope feels more like hope makes sense. but i always have hope in God there­fore i’m a fairly high-in-hope (hope­ful?) per­son generally.
    >Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­res­ents hope to you?? a >song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    errm, the Bible is full of them! cant think of one at the moment. im rub­bish, i know.
    >Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up >the best??
    think Billy Elli­ot is a good one for hope – get­ting over obsticles with the sheer determ­in­a­tion makes me feel like there is hope for everyone.
    >Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope >more than any other??
    sum­mer – things feel more pos­it­ive, there­fore ‘fills me with hope’. East­er Sunday, for obvi­ous reas­ons. but the Gos­pel is true always so dunno why East­er sunday feels special!
    >Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope >above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your >chil­dren?? or someone you have nev­er met??
    errm i think my par­ents nev­er end­ing faith in me gives me hope. when i ‘fail’ they still have faith i will make it, and they have faith in me when i feel hope­less. and again, Jesus gives me hope cos i believe there would­nt be any hope at all without Him!
    >Could it be a single graph­ic image, a cheap doodle, piece >of graf­fiti on a wall??
    a rain­bow – a sign of God’s prom­ise… no hope without a promise.
    Tried me best chuckle… xx

  11. Who, what or where gives you hope??: My hope lies with­in the prom­ises set out by God (unori­gin­al answer i know but true all the same), to know that there is some­thing wait­ing for us at the end of our time on Earth… makes all this crap worth while.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??: I guess when you’re young­er you don’t hope as much because you’re so depend­ent on your par­ents, you don’t know what hope is. You may hope for your favour­ite toy but then again, hope is hope right? Becom­ing a Chris­ti­an changes your out­look on life so sure, i hope more now than before.
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­res­ents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??: not too sure, not some­thing I usu­ally think about. Watch­ing Walk the Line recently, that rep­res­ents a hope. A hope to be bet­ter both in terms of more sucess­ful and more nor­mal ‑a para­dox. Worth watch­ing, but be care­ful… i left want­ing to listen to coun­try music :S oh dear
    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??: see above
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any oth­er??: Spring, that’s the reas­on I love Dafodils so much 🙂 The begin­ning of new life.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or someone you have nev­er met??: Is is too obvi­ous to say Jesus? I’ll meet him one day. On a more per­son­al level (not that Jesus isn’t per­son­al), is the hope of future friend­ships and rela­tion­ships. When you move on (home, job, etc) you make new friends ‑at least you hope too.
    Could it be a single graph­ic image, a cheap doodle, piece of graf­fiti on a wall??: the world. mag­ni­fi­cent, big, God’s hand craf­ted work.
    (I don’t know how to attach pictures)

  12. Who, what or where gives you hope??
    I guess I give myself hope. It is my inab­il­ity to dis­prove to myself that there isn’t any­more room for hope, that calms all the dis­con­tent that can swell in a fleet­ing moment, or a crush­ing day.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
    If there was ever more hope; it was just in quant­ity. And those were prob­ab­ily more akin to being wishes. –When I young­er, I had more things I hoped for to hap­pen. I don’t think it is cyn­icism or a drought of the present–but a dif­fer­ence in lifes dis­pos­i­tion of wait­ing for the future to arrive, versus real­iz­ing the present is (to put it plainly) all there is.
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­res­ents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    There are plenty I know that I’ve come across. But the ones that ini­tially come to mind at the ques­tion, is Ima­gine by John Len­non, or Across the Uni­verse by the Beatles. But I don’t think many things con­tain the essence of hope for me. It’s just a nuance that–fromt time to time–calms the dis­con­tent, or sends it out for a con­sid­er­a­tion with fleet­ing thought.
    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
    Noth­ing cur­rently fuels me besides myself.
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any other??
    Winter. –Wait­ing to be uncoiled from its grip to prove my existence.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or someone you have nev­er met??
    Nobody per­man­ent right now. Just those that catch my fleet­ing ador­a­tion. Hop­ing without is long­ing, I sup­pose. –Just more wishes for a fancy moment, these days.
    Could it be a single graph­ic image, a cheap doodle, piece of graf­fiti on a wall??
    Could be–sometimes.

  13. Who, what or where gives you hope??
    I actu­ally draw hope from many things:
    – My friends give me hope.
    – Cer­tain things that I read and find on the inter­net give me hope – by this I mean intel­li­gently worded dis­cus­sion, thought­ful argu­ment, and posts like the one I’m reply­ing to here. The simple fact that a cat­egory of indi­vidu­al who is suf­fi­ciently thought­ful, pas­sion­ate, and intel­li­gent to carry out some of the dis­cus­sions I see genu­inely gives me hope. There’s an oppos­ite of course, but that’s as with all things.
    – most import­antly, my fam­ily (par­tic­u­larly my wife and son) give me hope. There’s some­thing about hav­ing a very young child which gen­er­ates hopes and fears in equal and alarm­ingly volu­min­ous measure.
    Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??
    I actu­ally think that now I have a fam­ily, I have more hope than ever before. It’s very easy to hope for won­der­ful things before they hap­pen to you, but it’s after you’ve lived through and exper­i­enced won­der­ful things that you’re inspired to hope for even more won­der­ful things to hap­pen (and by won­der­ful things I don’t mean win­ning the lot­tery, etc, I mean things like my child being born safely, talk­ing, tak­ing his first steps: The hope for the next tiny miracle).
    Is there a pho­to­graph that rep­res­ents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??
    There are a couple of songs; A Magic World by The Eels (also Hey Man (Now You’re Really Liv­ing)), also One in a mil­lion by Chris Wood (one of the most beau­ti­ful songs I’ve heard in a long time).
    Is there a book, a film or even a t‑shirt that sums it up the best??
    While many write it off as sci-fi hok­um (or simply rub­bish) I think Signs is one of the best films about hope ever made. It has obvi­ous, strong reli­gious over­tones, but I actu­ally think that bey­ond this it’s a genu­inely mov­ing film. Again, I’m sure the top­ic of hope in mod­ern and clas­sic cinema is a huge one, but any fur­ther examples escape me at the moment.
    Is there a par­tic­u­lar sea­son that fills you with hope more than any other??
    Not really. I sup­pose Christ­mas time (ergo, the winter) fills me with the most hope; dir­ectly as a res­ult of close prox­im­ity to fam­ily and friends.
    Is there one per­son on plan­et Earth that gives you hope above all oth­ers, is it your mum?? your dad?? your chil­dren?? or someone you have nev­er met??
    There is no one person.
    Could it be a single graph­ic image, a cheap doodle, piece of graf­fiti on a wall??
    Not in my case.

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