Hope, It’s Next Best To Excitement

boy-fishing

I love collecting quotes. Most are from famous people like Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller or Leo Tolstoy.

Occasionally I’m able to capture a priceless quote from someone I know. Such is the case with the following quote by an 8 year old boy, Austin Andrews. Austin is the son of my friends, author and speaker Andy Andrews, and his wife Polly. 

The Andrews live on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing is one of their favorite pastimes. One day, while fishing with his dad, Austin said: 
 

“The reason I like to fish is because when everything is calm and quiet, your whole self is full of hoping. And whether you catch anything or not, you still get to hope. It’s a great feeling isn’t it? Hope, I mean. It’s next best to excitement.”  

Is your “whole self full of hoping?” What would have to happen in order to make this kind of hope possible for you?

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12 Responses to “Hope, It’s Next Best To Excitement”

  1. oh. i would like to see more pics with this boy ^_^ Adorable!

  2. “Your whole self is full of hoping” — what a lovely thought about the joys of fishing. And a much more peaceful view than that of my cousin, Ross, who my husband and I took to a lake to fish when he was about 5. Looking out at the water, he asked thoughtfully, “How did the fish get here?” My husband answered, “God put them here.” Ross thought for a minute. “Then why are we killing them?” :) Fishing definitely brings out the philosopher in boys. Thanks for sharing this sweet story.

  3. Thank you for commenting on my blog! I think that deserves a whole post of its own! (the REAL women behind the men we know!) You are a delight to read and I am so awed by Andy’s son as well….children have long been my source of joy and often instruction as well!
    hugs hugs hugs!
    God is good!

  4. I think part of my message got eaten…but oh well :) WordPress had me logged in as something else- weird.

  5. Hey Gail,
    My name is Shellee. I am Keith Coley’s sister in law. We live in Texas, and are inquiring about Orthodoxy here at St. Cyril of Jerusalem in the Woodlands, Tx. We are greatly anticipating this weekend and all it will bring.

    I just found you on twitter (been following Michael for a while because my husband told me about him) but I am so happy to have found your blog…I am a bit of a sponge right now and am looking to any and all sources to inspire our journey into Orthodoxy. I am glad to have a female perspective on some things. Your husband is very inspiring, but most of all, I love the way he talks of YOU with such affection and magnitude for the role you play in his life as a support and partner to take this “journey with”. Hopefully we will have the opportunity of meeting you guys in person sometime when we are visiting St. Ignatius. :)

    Peace,
    Shellee

  6. How very awesome. Thank you. Our critique group leader, Michele Cushatt, shared that with us today. I’ve since passed this quote on to several others.

  7. There is something very inspiring about Austin’s words. The fact that they come from an 8 year old is even more beautiful to me. Pure, innocent, undefiled hope. Perhaps this is exactly what Christ is talking about when he tells us that we must become as little children in order to enter the kingdom of God. (Matt. 18:3-5)
    Oops, should have said great post! Waiting on your next post!

  8. There is something very inspiring about Austin’s words. The fact that they come from an 8 year old is even more beautiful to me. Pure, innocent, undefiled hope. Perhaps this is exactly what Christ is talking about when he tells us that we must become as little children in order to enter the kingdom of God. (Matt. 18:3-5)

  9. Is not that the truth – It’s the hope we have that gets us through the trials of life! I sometimes wonder how people can function without hope!

  10. Gosh, that is a wonderful quote. I love it. It is the truth, isn’t it? The anticipation is as good as the actual event, such as catching a fish. Thank you for sharing this with us. Great post!

  11. That is absolutely beautiful.

  12. WONDERFUL! There’s a little Andy in that boy — and a LOT of hope in you. I find hope easily in your company. Great blog!

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