| from Kathy Koch |

Many years ago, my assistant, Linda, and I arrived in Galveston, TX, because I spoke at the Texas State Middle School Association Convention. To get to the hotel, we turned left at the sea wall and drove along the gulf. We both enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells. 

We had a beautiful view of the powerful waves from our 12th floor hotel room. We enjoyed watching people walk and talk and swim. Our favorites were probably the families flying kites. After the convention and before leaving, we, too, spent some time on the beach. 

Whenever I spend time at the ocean, I think of this statement:

“If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave up.” ~Abraham Maslow

What do you think? Which person would you be? Why? What could we say to the one wanting to give up? Is despising the person appropriate?

How is hope relevant? Who has it? Who needs it? Why might that person not have it? What could we offer that would provide enough hope? Is “provide” the right verb in that sentence? What else is on your mind?

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, banquet talks, and other events. She is a regular speaker for Care Net, Summit Ministries, and Axis. She also speaks for other organizations, churches, schools, and pregnancy resource centers. In addition, she hosts Celebrate Kids conferences through their Ignite the Family conference division. She is also a popular guest onFocus on the Family radio, she was featured in Kirk Cameron’s movie, Connect, and she has written and published five books with Moody Publishers, including Five to ThriveStart with the Heart, Screens and Teens8 Great Smarts, and No More Perfect Kids (with Jill Savage). Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University.