He who has faith has an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.
Faith is a difficult and controversial topic. Each of us has times in our lives when the core of of our faith is shaken, disturbed, jolted, diminished or dissolved. Times like that are hard. We want to give up. But, for whatever reason, we can’t. Whether it comes from a belief in a higher power or from deep within our own souls, we find a way to restore our faith. To get up in the morning and start all over again.
I’m lucky. My reason is my son. The innocence and sweet purity of his love ground me. His smile brings me happiness. His laughter and his voice are my music. He is growing but for all intents and purposes, he is still helpless. He needs me. And the beauty of that is that, through him, I find a reason to restore my faith even when days are hard.
With faith, stress recedes and peace can be found.
So many things can put color in life when you feel drained. We all get tired fighting battles. So tired that it pulls the color from the simple things in life. Faith puts that color back.
Going for a walk, the goal can be simply to finish, and the focus on the road ahead. With the eyes of a child, the goal can be the walk itself, and instead of the road, one can enjoy the flowers next to the road or a simple fallen leaf with its patterns and hues of green. Instead of hearing traffic, or a plane overhead, there is the soft background of crickets at dusk.
As the coolness of fall slowly makes it’s way into the hot valley, where I live, if I let go of the bad stuff, I notice the breeze floating past, bringing calm, releasing tension. For a few minutes, I feel rejuvenated and calm. I have long ago surrendered to the fact that everything happens for a reason, whether I am in on the secret or not. That belief, that faith, sustains a perspective that keeps me happy, that keeps me in the light.
When you are in a good place, there is growth, reflection, strength, acceptance and trust. To get to a good place requires perspective. Perspective is within our control. We have to use discipline to find control. Yes, work is required to change perspective. An effort has to be made. When that work is done, the quality of life improves.
Faith is powerful. Faith is healing. I hope everyone finds it, even when they believe it has long been lost.