One of the best reasons to be hopeful is to help others stay hopeful. When you study ancient warfare, it’s interesting to note that rather than two armies going against one another full force and clambering (think Braveheart), they would often get within 10 feet of each other and just jab and throw things. This would sometimes go on for hours. Interestingly, the same thing happens today when there’s a protest; you’ll notice police officers and protesters on either side of an invisible line. In both scenarios, people can die when they retreat. If someone on one side gets scared and runs, everyone will begin to run and the line will become brittle.
This is important because in the Spiritual battle of life, your behavior and your attitude affects your neighbor. You are not in this fight alone. Yielding to the emotional state of near-dwellers can cause you to lose hope, fall into despair and run away. It’s good to be honest about what you’re going through, but don’t give up in the 11th hour. Do your best to be a faith-filled, joyful person who stands firm in adversity, holding the line of hope for the sake of those around you.