What is Your Hope?


On Monday, I started to tell you my story. A story of a life upturned by a then-small boy and the big bright blue of an African sky.

You can read that story here. Or here. Or here.

I have written it before and I will write it again. Because it is a story that beats in my heart and that shines my way. A story that changes with every telling and with each breath I take. A story that pushes me to ask myself a million questions, and a story that never fails to encourage me to ask others at least one.

Today, I want to ask you that one simple question. One simple question that guided me from the beginning, that led me to the end, and that keeps that very story unfolding before me as I type these words.

And here is that question.

What is the thing you hope for? What is your hope?

What is it you see before your eyes when the night is long and the light is low? What is the beating heart of that thing you want more than any other? What is the hope inside of you that lives as a guidepost and that promises to steer your way? What is that hope that will change you like no other?

I know my answer.

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For me, then, it was a boy and it was a happy place in the wide world of Africa. For you, it may be the eyes of a man or the pulse of a child or the wind on a cool Saturday. It may be any number of things, or just one thing. One small glaring thing that blinds all others.

No matter what it is, though, it is there. Waiting to be named.

The hope of your world. The hope that will drive you home.

And I want to know what it is that you hope for. What is it that makes your hope run?

Leave a comment, share your hope, and don’t forget to enter a win a copy of our new story.

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About Hope Runs:

Sammy Ikua Gachagua had lost his father to illness, his mother to abandonment, and his home to poverty. By age ten, he was living in a shack with seven other children and very little food. He entered an orphanage seeing it as a miracle with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on his back.

When Claire Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mt. Kenya, then head back home. She entered an orphanage seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek. God had other plans.

Hope Runs is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It’s about what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you. It’s about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it’s about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye.

About Claire Diaz-Ortiz:

Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@claire) is an author, speaker and Silicon Valley innovator who was an early employee at Twitter. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, she holds an MBA and other degrees from Stanford and Oxford and has been featured widely in print and broadcast media. She writes a popular blog at ClaireDiazOrtiz.com and is the author of the new book, Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption.

{Top photo by Joel Olives}
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