“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Faith plays a paramount role in my life. It is the summary of my life’s work. Upon waking it is my first thought and the featured film in my dreams. It is spark that created me and the flame that will burn out once it touches the candelabra. When I am exhausted it is the nudge that tells me to keep going even it means crawling. Purpose, identity and confidence are three main areas of my life, greatly improved through faith.
According to Hebrews faith is defined as, “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the ultimate test in our belief in God, because we are required to look beyond the physical realm. Our eyes cannot see love, but feel it when we embrace someone. Faith is like an open Wi-Fi connection to divine consciousness. All of God is accessible through faith.
Faith gives purpose. In order to truly believe in something, it must be emulated. “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Our lives must be rearranged to make imitation possible. In my case I had to consciously remind myself to be content with what I have and not long for what was lost. Every time I noticed a blessing given to me, I thanked God for it. After a few tries, it became second nature and taught me to see the glass as half full and not half empty.
Responsibility makes us accountable to purpose. Our words, thoughts, and deeds should reflect purpose. Obedience brings loyalty to purpose. The more obedient you are to God, the more you see things the way God does. With continued practice, you will become more attentive to God’s will and more aware of the constant graces blossoming in our lives. “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). After all, actions speak louder words.
Purpose gives identity. As a Christian, I identify myself as a divinely created child of God who became flesh as Jesus Christ. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Christians believe Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, who paid the debts of our sins with his life and precious blood. The Holy Bible contains segments of the life of Jesus, his family, prophets and precepts. Prayer is the main way to connect with Jesus. “15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also” (1 Corinthians 14:15). Prayer unites the mind, body and spirit to divine consciousness.
Identity brings confidence. Once you know who you are, you know what is expected of you and know what you will ultimately become. Having God as your compass gives you confidence to know you will always be victorious in all matters. You will fall at times, but you will always have someone to pick you up, dry your tears and tell you to keep moving. You don’t need to know everything, just what you need for right now. Courage and perseverance will give you the fire to keep going because goodness always overpowers evil. “6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Free will makes faith possible. I believe in God because I choose to. We all have a right to believe or not. Faith is my spiritual connection to God. Through faith my life has made a complete transformation for the better. Throughout the day I find myself smiling. I sing out of joy and little things are no longer the cause of major frustration. Moments of sadness strike, but never defeat me. “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
© 2012 Jade Jarvis
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