There is a problem when people start orientating themselves by what they see around them. Then there is a loss of hope. It happens in the Church, and it happens in the nation. And it is the natural result of being unable to see or believe that a glorious God is at work. OBSERVATION: Even true believers lose hope sometimes, but by and large, a hopeful approach to things, and hopeful words, are what separates the sheep from the goats. I myself, in the Church, have sometimes been annoyed by a loss of hope. Hope, I think, has been a vital characteristic of my ministr(ies).