Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
I have been thinking about faith and hope and realised how I cannot have one without the other. If faith and hope are so intertwined, how does one connect with it? They are not emotions but realities I must connect to that will make the walk of my richer every day.
Faith is in simple things like opening our eyes in the morning, getting out of bed, breathing etc. Hope is in simple things like going to work with a big plan, working hard so as to do something with the family. We cannot make plans in a vacuum. We cannot have plans for the future unless we have hope for the same.
There has to be something our lives are hinged on. However, in reality, the hinges differ for everyone. For some it is their personal abilities, others it’s their connections and upbringing and others it is their faith. I choose to hinge my life on faith because it the one thing I have found to stand the test of time.
One thing I have learned in the last few years is that faith grows as I exercise it. Faith is neither foolish nor blind but is grounded in the reality of a relationship with God. It is not sitting around doing nothing and waiting for things to work out. Faith is a connection with God that provides insight and direction. This connection brings out the best in each of us and gives us the balance we need to live and be productive citizens in this life.
Find faith in God an anchor your life to it. This doesn’t mean that the walk will be easy; rather it means that it will be manageable and well-directed.
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS: 6/4/12
Take time to evaluate where you’ve been and to remember the things that you learned through your experiences. Do not give in to the temptations that come for you to be a victim of the difficulties you have endured, but rather use those lessons as a platform and a launching pad into greater wisdom and spiritual effectiveness. Those things have made you stronger and have the potential to increase your faith if you maintain a proper perspective, says the Lord.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
This morning I was thinking about where I was exactly one year ago and I realised that there is a lot to be grateful for. I have made friends and lost friends, made contact and lost touch, loved and lost, smiled and cried. I have stretched and grown and I have become stronger than I ever thought I could be. The greatest of all is that my faith has grown.
Yet in the same breath, I must admit that several times I have sat on the floor of my life and had a big old pity party because I felt alone and depressed. There were days I felt so alone I could barely get out of bed and go on with the day. Then I would simply decide to pull myself up by my boot straps and regardless of how I feel, get out there and do something productive with my life. Clearly this is a part of the process of growth and development.
So I must choose every day to remember where I have come from not to pity myself or to make a fuss about it but rather to remind myself of all the great things God has done in my life and enabled me to do. I also realise that there is still so much more He has to change. I am in a continual change process and I must remember that the day I become perfect I will be in heaven.
Where are you today? Do you realise that no matter where you are God is there with you and He will guide and encourage you if you let Him? Walk with me as we discover God in a deeper and richer way this year.