On Faith

I woke up thinking about faith this morning. I have no idea why. It’s just how these things seem to work. If I question it too much, I end up missing the gift that is being offered to me. The key is to simply follow the thread. So, I did. And one by one, the pieces presented themselves to me, including this by Tracey Selingo. When the pieces were all in place, this is what I saw…

There is no greater faith booster than seeing the changes that it can make in your own life. “You made a believer out of me” is really “I made a believer out of me”. We believe what we see. We believe when we are able to forgive, when we are able to transform our lives, when we are no longer tormented and limited by our pasts. Faith is built on the changes it creates in our lives. The greater the changes, the stronger our faith. Faith for the sake of faith alone is empty, ceremonial, debilitating. It is about us. God doesn’t need us to believe in him. God needs us to believe in ourselves. God needs us to believe in the power that we all posses – the power that was given to each of us by him. God is not diminished by our lack of faith. We are. Faith is the seed that was planted inside each one of us. When exposed to light, that seed bursts open and begins to grow. Its roots dig deep within us and create cracks and crevices through which more light pours. The light is good and beautiful and inspiring. But it is the shadow created by the light that holds the most potential. Within that shadow lies everything that has held us back and kept us from living the life we long to live. We must explore our own shadows. We must go into them with a flashlight and uncover everything they hold. We must let them expose their secrets to us. Otherwise, the light will elude us. It will be fleeting in nature and limited in the effect it has on us. This is how faith grows. It takes us into the shadows and transforms it to light. It builds upon itself until we have nothing left to forgive, nothing left to prove, nothing left to fear.

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