The Hat That Changed My Attitude

September 11, 2012 — 2 Comments


While on the B.A.R.T. (Bay Area Rapid Transit) in San Francisco I encountered a homeless man with a unique hat that changed my view of things. It was many years ago but it’s helped me countless times.


He was sitting with his arms folded and his head was slightly down. He was looking no one in the eyes. I noticed something written in marker under the bill of his hat. I kept waiting for him to look up so I could read it but he never did.

Finally, curiosity got the better of me and so I spoke up and asked him what was written under the bill of his hat.  He looked at me and said with a smile, “hope.” I asked him to explain it to me more deeply. He said when all seems hopeless in my life, I can look up and see the word hope and somehow I can make it the next step.”

I came to understand that day that there is something worse than homelessness…hopelessness is much worse and can affect everyone. However, God is the hope giver and He is boundless when it comes to having enough to give to each of us. Sometimes it’s just enough to take the next step, but it’s always enough to make it forward.

I want you to know today that your God is boundless in His answers for you. He is boundless with hope for you. He always has enough for you in your time of need. There is never a bottom to hit with God. There is never a ceiling to hit with God. He has no limit you can find. He is able to help you even after you have lost all hope. He is the hope giver because it is His to give.

For anyone feeling hopeless today read and be encouraged. God bless all of you.

Job 11:7 7-9 “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than heaven—what can you do? 
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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