What about faith, that elusive concept that is so important in life? How do we muster it up, especially during times when having faith seems so difficult? Faith is not just all the things I hope for. Faith is not luck that brings good things to us. Faith doesn’t even take away the discomfort and pain of life. But what faith is to me matters: an ever present source of comfort and confidence, no matter what the circumstance. Faith stays with us when we find ourselves in the depths of difficulty.
Perhaps the biggest myth about faith is that if you have enough of it, you can have anything you want or need. Enough faith makes you prosperous. Enough faith makes you rich. Enough faith makes you great. That does not ring true in real life. There are so many people of great faith who live lives of pain and disaster.
Yet we have to deal with this scripture: “. . .for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”
I tried it once when I was young. It didn’t work. I tried increasing my faith all throughout my life, and it remained a mystery to me. But in the end, I rely on faith. I cherish it. I believe that it strengthens my life.
I love what Brené Brown says about faith:
“I thought faith would say, ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort’, but what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.'”