Yes, I am talking about the word faith, not me Faith:)
Sometimes when a word or phrase is so commonly used, we forget the depth of meaning behind it.
As I have been praying about the purpose of my blog, and how God wants to use it, I realized that a big part of the heart behind my blog is found in my name. Faith.
My blog is a place where my I can share my life and as I share my life, my faith will shine through!
So what does it mean to have faith? A lot of people would define faith as a feeling. If you feel you believe something even without evidence of it's existence, then you have faith.
So if I say that I have faith in God and that He is in control, what happens if my feelings change one day, and I no longer feel that connection to God.
What happens when my circumstances change and I no longer feel as though God is taking care of me?
Faith should be constituted by more than the way we feel. It should be grounded in what we know to be true of God based on His word and His promises.
Hebrews 11:1 Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The dictionary defines assurance as " A positive declaration intended to give confidence or certainty; a promise.
So faith is the promise, the confidence, the certainty....so much more than a feeling.
"Faith is something we own; it is ours. But we must do more than possess faith intellectually, we must own it in our hearts. Faith is not something to be reasoned from afar, but something we throw ourselves into-heart, mind and soul."
I would dare to argue then that faith should be an action. Anyone can say they have faith, but very few actually live a life of faith.
The example Linda Dillow gives in her book Calm My Anxious Heart, is to imagine that you are in a crowd watching a man walk a tight rope across Niagara Falls. The man then proceeds to push a wheelbarrow across the tight rope. After his 5th trip across the falls, including one with a 200 lb dog in the barrow, he asks the crowd how many of you believe he could easily take a human across the falls in his wheelbarrow.
You are pretty sure he could do it, so you raise your hand along with the crowd to express your faith in this man. Then he points at you and tells you to "get in." At this point, do you really have faith in him and put your life in his hands, or do you walk away with just the feeling of faith?
"It's one thing to believe God can do something.
It's quite another to put yourself in a position of reliant trust."
I, myself, have been challenged to look at the way I live my life and ask if I truly live a life of faith or am just content with the feelings of faith. How much simpler life would be if we acted on our faith and put our lives in the hands of our creator, sustainer, the one who is far more capable of caring for us than we are for ourselves!