Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Thursday, March 12

Ian Fuller


“Always had high, high hopes”


For my devotional I chose the line “Always had high, high hopes” from the song “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco. I chose this song because it’s important to always have hope, even in the most hopeless situations. In Webster’s dictionary hopeless is described as ”having no expectation of, or showing no sign of, a favorable outcome.” It also lists synonyms as despondent, despairing, and desperate. All of these imply having no hope. Imagine being in a deep, dark hole with no light, no friends, and no food. That is often how hopeless people feel.


Sometimes listening to some upbeat music is all you need to be rescued from the dark hole of hopelessness. That is another reason I chose this song, it has a positive message and encouraging music. ”High Hopes” is that kind of song that just makes you want to dance. At times listening to this song can help give me the hope I need. But music isn’t the only thing that can cheer you up, God is always there for us and can always give us the hope we need.


Everyone feels hopeless at times, and even though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, asking God for help is the best way to get hope. When you start to feel flustered you should stop and ask God for guidance. Usually taking a break from a frustrating activity is all you need to get your hope back. When you feel hopeless, praying, reading the Bible, or just talking to someone can help a lot more than it seems. For example, Psalm 71:14 “But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.” Reminds me to always hope, like in the song. “Always had high, high hopes.”


It’s very important to try to always be hopeful because, if you have a good attitude then others around you will to. If you look to God for hope, then you will always find it. Everyone is in the deep, dark hole at some point and sometimes all it takes is a prayer to lift us to freedom. The world around us is full of hopelessness, but we don’t have to be hopeless, instead we can be hopeful. I will try to always look to God for hope and always have high hopes, I hope you will too.


(Ian is a confirmation student in our congregation.)


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