Editors Note: This is my entry in my Linked In Interfaith Professionals discussion group about what faith means to each person responding.
By The Prophet of Life
Every morning when I wake up, it is faith that empowers me to get out of bed. It is faith that propels me through the day. It is faith that guides me, bobbing and weaving around numerous perils that are in my path, be they perils of my environment or perils from the destructive nuances of my own personality. My faith shows me the limitless possibilities of each day. It is faith that delivers me back home at the end of each day. It is faith that shows me what The Lord wants me to see that day and faith that teaches me the lessons that give me the insights that I have been credited with.
I cannot even imagine what the world is like for someone with no faith. It must be very scary indeed to live in a world filled with so much cruelty, destruction and death and not believe that there is a purpose, to it all. It must be difficult to live the drudgery of each day like a zombie, one day blending into the next with no distinguishable difference between them. To live a life without hope that something better is coming.
For what is faith, except a perspective on life seen through the belief that there is a purpose, there is hope, there are miracles, there is something better coming, there is a loving God. I have witnessed so many miracles in my life that I know there is a loving God behind them. God’s existence for me is unquestionable and undeniable. If Scientists declared that there was proof that God does not exist I would submit evidence to refute it. If the whole of humanity stopped believing in God and hope, I would stand like a lone candle, burning in the darkness to light the way with the light of truth. That is why, the symbol of my faith is a lone candle illuminating the darkness because all who are of faith, no matter which faith we hold, are like candles illuminating the darkness.
Once we are all joined together in the truth that we are all branches of the same tree, that tree will prosper. Once we understand that we may have differences but that we are all equal in God’s eyes, we can end the destruction of religious war. Once we resolve with mutual respect, to work together to solve the problems we face as human beings and as a planet we can begin to actually solve them on a global scale.
My faith does not depend on miracles or wish fulfillment to sustain itself, although I have witnessed many miracles, they are not what sustains my faith they are merely confirmations of it. My faith has taught me that The Lord is not a fairy godfather who waves a wand and makes all your problems disappear but a teacher who gives you the tools to solve your own problems and shows you the way to do it. My faith tells me that The Lord communicates with everyone but that not everyone is listening. My faith does not tell me that “The Lord works in mysterious ways’, but that The Lord works purposefully and that bad things will happen to all of us but that they only serve to teach a lesson that once learned, will open the way to something better.
My faith is true faith but I know that it is no better than anyone else’s faith. It’s just different. That knowledge allows me to build bridges with other people of faith even though their faith is different from mine because I always keep in mind that my faith is different, not better and so is theirs. My faith has no limitations. That is okay, because neither does God’s love.
Related Links:Quotes About God
Copyright 2013, Love Force International Publishing Company. All Rights Reserved.