It is Sunday morning and unfortunately, I am not going to make it to church today. It is one of those Sundays when I have a 9 hour shift at WaWa – my part time job (2 days a week, if I am lucky). I am grateful for the hours but I do miss going to church on Sunday morning
Mary Southerland always manages to make me think. Her blog on ibelieve.com about having faith did just that. I have often talked about faith and even my lack of it when things are tough. One of my favorite scriptures is:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).
Over the last two weeks, I have adopted a more positive approach to life and my business. There have been valleys where disappointment and discouragement which could have absorbed all of my energy. The difference is that I choose to handle it differently. As Mary says:
We must respond to each valley with trust and faith. The word “trust” means, “to lie helpless, face down” and is the picture of a servant waiting for his master’s command or a soldier yielding himself to a conquering general. “Heart” refers to “the center of one’s being.” In other words, to trust God completely means that from the very center of our being, from the very core of our existence, we trust Him, totally abandoning ourselves in childlike faith to Him and His plan. We come, holding nothing in our hands, pushing no agenda, with one word in our heart—“whatever!” “Whatever You want me to do, Lord, I will do. Whatever You want me to say, Lord, I will say. Whatever You want me to think, Lord, I will think. Whatever path You have for me, Lord, I will walk.”
One of the things that I learned is that faith does not bypass pain – it empowers us so that we can deal with pain. Faith steps up to the bat and invites the opponent to throw his best pitch. Sometimes faith strengthens us, and other times, surprises us. Great faith is forged in the deepest valleys, beginning where our strength and power end.
I have been blessed over the last two weeks to see faith in action. Business has increased, potential recruits have reached out to me and despite all odds, money has been available to pay some bills. My faith on some days is as small as a mustard seed and with God’s help it is slowly growing into a mighty oak.
One of my favorite descriptions of faith is:
Share how would you define faith?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!