There are many challenges to remaining positive and optimistic in a world filled with the kind of hatred that fosters negativity and pessimism.

Nelson Mandela said, “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

Dark moments will come, but biblical leaders understand the hope in Christ that endures despair.

We must not give up.

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