Faith

Friends,

Fear knocked at the door.  Faith answered.  And lo, no one was there.

We have a choice, we can live by faith or we can live by fear.  To live in constant fear and worry is a horrible way to spend your life.  How do we stop worrying when our anxiety seems to be out of our control?  I believe that the ultimate antidote to worry is faith.  Augustine wrote that faith is: believing what we do not see and that the reward to faith is to see what we believe.  It’s really not that hard to choose faith, to believe that the future holds our rewards and to persevere today.  The only alternative is to live in fear, and that kind of life stinks.  The real obstacle to overcoming fear is to be able to control our imaginations. Most of the fears that truly haunt us are merely phantoms, specters conjured out of nowhere by our creative imaginations,  Our creative imaginations serve up all kinds of horrific scenarios, encouraging us to respond irrationally as if these scenarios represented reality.  When we do so, the fear paralyzes us, and many times what we fear we create.  We must learn to control our imaginations by focusing on having the faith to look forward and keep our eyes fixed on to a beautiful and breathtaking future.  A future that is so desirous that is justifies the sacrifices of this transitory present. 

ARE YOU A WET WATER “WALKER”……OR A DRY BOAT “TALKER” ?

We are challenged to “walk by faith, not by sight.” This task is as unnatural as walking with our eyes closed. But the more steps we take, the more comfortable this walk will be come, and the more confident we will be of the destination of our walk. And ultimately that’s what faith is all about – it is “the assurance of things hoped for”.

THE BURNING HUT

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.

Remember next time your little hut is burning to the ground- – it just may be a smoke signal that summons God to come to your rescue.

Leap of Faith

What we are - What we want to be - Make the Jump.

 
What we are – What we want to be – Make the Jump.