Do you have faith? Do you believe?
If someone asks you those questions, your mind might quickly go to religion. You might think most readily about God.
I find it useful to remind myself from time to time that the definition of faith is a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It does not require proof. It is faith, built on belief.
Faith is a powerful word we should use more often when we’re thinking about ourselves.
All too often, we speak of our faith in God and leave it at that.
The next step is to take our faith in God and remind ourselves that God has faith in us. We don’t need to prove ourselves to God in order to be loved or worthy.
And it seems to me that God would want us to have more faith in ourselves.
Do you have faith in yourself? Do you believe in yourself?
For me, so often the answer was no. I wasn’t conditioned to think in those terms. And on the rare occasions I gave it any thought, I couldn’t muster the confidence and courage to say yes. I was too locked down in the belief that I had to prove myself to others. If I wasn’t acceptable to other people, I believed, how could I possibly have faith in myself?
Faith in ourselves is sometimes easier to come by when we know and feel that others have faith in us. My own changes were possible largely because people around me said, “We have faith in you.”
Of course, I still stumble often enough. I still have moments of not believing, but I’m different today, better today, than I was in my yesterdays. For me, that’s the most important barometer.
I speak and write because I have managed to develop a faith in myself. And I speak and write about overcoming fear because I have faith in you. I want to help you strengthen your faith in yourself.
That’s what I loved about Kandy Buntyn’s story. She and her family decided to put more faith in themselves. They may not have thought about it in those terms, but that’s what they’ve done. They are in the midst of their own transformation, one that I have faith God is rejoicing in.
Will you stumble and fall on occasion? Of course you will. And more than once.
But I have the faith that you can pull yourself up. I believe it without you even proving anything to me.
So, do you have faith? Do you believe?