According to Brother David Steindl-Rast in Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, faith is trust and courage. When we think of faith, most of us are familiar with definition found in Hebrews 11, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” But, do we know how to apply this truth to our lives? Are we trusting God and acting courageously?
Living in faith is beyond reciting scripture, and beyond knowing that God is organizing our lives in our favor. Living in faith is trusting that God will not let us down. God knows our heart’s desires, and will grant them to us, if it is God’s will. When we live in faith, we act as if God has already granted us our hearts desires, we act as if God has not let us down. We do not worry, nor do we complain, and we most certainly are not moved or bothered by what appears to be a wrong turn or an unsatisfactory experience. When we are faithful we trust God and thus, we are grounded because we know that God will not let us down.
Living in faith is having the courage to do what God is asking to achieve our heart’s desires. This requires us to act while feeling fear. We are asked to courageously walk on water. We are asked to do the impossible. Brother Steindl-Rast explains the benefits of acting courageously, “every time we move another step, every time we repeat the inner gesture of courage and trust, we do not only exercise faith, we tap the very source of faithfulness that gives us strength to go on.” We must be faithfully courageous if we want to achieve our heart’s desires, and live our life’s purpose.
Living in faith is not easy, but it is possible. I believe that mantras have a powerful effect on our perspectives. When we change our minds, we change the way we act. Therefore, my mantra for this month is, “I am faithful,” because I want to always trust God and to act courageously in every situation. I have reached a point in my journey where being faithful is the only way that I can live. I know with certainty that every experience is a spiritual one, and thus, I must be continuously faithful.
I hope you will join me in my pursuit to continuously live in faith by saying the mantra, “I am faithful,” every day this month.
“There is faithfulness at the heart of all things.” – Oscar Cullmann
Not sure how to meditate? Read my blog post here about how to meditate and use a mantra during meditation.
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