While the object of faith and hope is unseen (Faith is the assurance of thing hoped for the conviction of things not seen. If we hope for what we do not see with perseverance we wait eagerly for it), the evidence of its reality is all around us. Here in Hebrews 12 we are reminded of the “great cloud of witnesses” and are commanded to “fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfector of our faith”. In both instances there is a volitional decision to accept these historical evidences (historical witness and the historical person of Jesus) as the fuel for our faith and hope. The lives of other faithful and hopeful people become an example and model for us.