November 12, 2007.
"Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see."
William Newton Clark
Faith. A simple word to say, yet not nearly so simple to apply in our daily activities. Keeping faith in ourselves and our God-given abilities is not always easy to do, especially in those turbulent times of trouble and despair we all encounter from time to time.
In life's darkest moments, when nothing seems to be going our way and hope seems to be hanging on by a thread, we've got to have faith. Unswerving, unyielding, unbending faith. Yet it is at those precise moments when many lose faith and let go.
"Faith is God's work within us."
St. Thomas Aquinas
Why do we occasionally lose our faith, our confidence, our courage? Why do we sometimes give up when all we really need to do is hold on tighter than ever before? Many times our faith gets lost in the shuffle, overpowered and overshadowed by all of the pressures and problems we constantly face. We want to hang on, we want to hang in there, but we lose our grip - and we fall.
Instead of relying on God's graces, which abide within us all, we get caught up in the whirlwind of life's hustle and bustle. With our confidence waning and our resolve eroding, life's constant cascade of problems start to overwhelm us, confuse us and ultimately overrun us. It is in these most trying of times that we must embrace faith with every ounce of strength we can muster. Yet many of us don't.
"Where hope grows, miracles blossom."
Keeping the faith when hope is all but gone is one tough row to how, but one that must be plowed nonetheless if we are going to fulfill our date with destiny. Like it or not, we are going to get tested - and tested mightily at that. Whether we wilt or win out in large measure depends on the strength of our faith.
Faith is the gleaming ray of hope that can guide us through life's most daunting tasks, a shining beacon of light that shines the way when darkness engulfs us. The moment we put our fears to rest and place our trust in God, we set ourselves free; free to move our lives from what they could be into the miracle of what they can become.
"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark."
Somewhere along the way, many of us have lost our faith. Somehow we stopped believing in ourselves and our abilities, stopped believing that our dreams can come true. Rather than walking in faith, we aimlessly plod our way through life, a mere shadow of what we could be, of what we should be. We've lost faith and lost our way.
The good news is faith isn't hard to find; it is right where it has been all along - deep in our hearts and souls. We can begin restoring our faith and reenergizing our souls by reasserting our faith in everything we do from this point forward. Worried that you no longer have faith? Don't be. Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, "If you desire faith, then you have faith enough." Way more than enough as a matter of fact.
Instead of allowing problems and pressures to take center stage and disrupt our lives, we need to power through these obstacles and pound them into submission through faith. Faith in ourselves, faith in our abundant God-given gifts and faith in making our lives all they were destined to be.
The Bottom Line: Have faith - and you have all you'll ever need.
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