Wishing & Hoping

Hope Is Not A Strategy

Do you know the origin of that phrase? It was first said on September 3, 2008 at the Republican National Convention by Rudolf Giuliani. 

Here is the full quote: 

“Because change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.” 


In this context hope is defined as luck, as wishful thinking, as in the saying, “If wishing made it so.”

Some things I have hoped for:

  1. For a white Christmas in Houston.
  2. For the Texans to make the Super Bowl.
  3. For hurricane Ike to turn out to sea.

But the white Christmas didn’t happen. The Texans didn’t make the Super Bowl. And Ike didn’t turn. It hit Houston to the tune of $19.3 billion in damages, $37.6 billion in damages to the surrounding areas, and caused 84 deaths. If wishing made it so.

“Hope isn’t a strategy” suggests that strategies cannot be based on wishful thinking. 

  1. I hope a job finds me soon.
  2. I hope the red light on the dashboard doesn’t mean anything.
  3. I hope not having this lump looked at turns out okay.  

Hope that is only a dream will just about always disappoint. The idea of a job isn’t how you get one. Finding a job requires intentionality, effort, and patience. The idea of being healthier doesn’t make you healthy. Healthier means better nutrition, exercise, reducing stress, and adequate health care. 

Wishful thinking can fill my hours, fuel my imagination, and have me daydreaming a fool’s dream. I know, its good to visualize, to imagine, and to find a vision. But after those things have germinated, you have to get up, get going, and get started. Wishful thinking isn’t a strategy for achievement. 

 Jesus resolutely set hit face towards Jerusalem and his own death. He was intentional, he was on purpose, on a mission to achieve a specific outcome. 

And aren’t we glad he did? 

It’s Sunday but Monday’s coming. This week aim at something, be intentional about your life. Set your path and go for it. 

Aim high and reach higher.

I hope you make it!





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