April 1

Today's quotation:

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are
about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is
knowing one of two things will happen:  There will be something
solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

Barbara J. Winter

Today's Meditation:

Faith.  I used to have a pretty adversarial relationship with this word and concept--it was something that no matter how hard I tried to get a hold of it, always seemed to elude me.  I didn't have faith that life would turn out well in any way for me, and that lack of faith made it harder to develop the faith I needed and wanted.

I've come to learn, though, that faith is a decision on my part, not a reaction to how the world treats me.  My faith is a result of looking at my life and the world around me and realizing that things are fine, and time after time life has been very good to me, even when it seems that it hasn't been--many things in my life have turned out much better than they would have otherwise when the plans that I've made haven't worked out.

I think that much of my problem with the word has come from short-sighted, insecure religious people that I've known who tried to teach me that the only true faith is the faith that they believe in.  As I've come to know more mature spiritually aware people, they've taught me that my road to faith is my unique road, and it may diverge from the paths that other people take.

Our faith is tried all the time.  When we lose the job, do we have faith that something better will be there?  When a loved one leaves us, do we trust that eventually the relationship would have become toxic to us (if it wasn't already)?  When we awake in the morning, do we have faith that God is all around and that God is goodness and love, and that if I live my day knowing that, I'll spread some of that goodness and love myself?

Faith allows us to explore, to risk, to take great joy in life and living.  It doesn't just sneak up on us and become a part of us, though--faith is a decision to trust.

Questions to consider:

What are some things that make faith difficult to maintain?

What kinds of things has faith taught you over the years?  Have you held on to the lessons?

What are some important steps to developing and maintaining faith in your life?

For further thought:

Faith is not something that is passive.  Our faith requires a commitment from us.  If thoughts of lack come to mind, we counteract such negativity by counting our blessings and giving thanks for the abundance of good things we have.  The ability of our bodies to heal is enhanced by our affirmations of life, which stimulate a positive response from the life within our very cells.



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