|Do you believe a storm is coming or the sun is bursting through the clouds?|
Debora's Life-Rule #9
Some people don't think that they have faith. They think it's some magical, mystical thing bestowed on a few special people...
Faith is simply imagining that something good will happen, focusing on that thought until you start to believe it is possible, then saying what you now believe will happen. This is where most people give up. They're afraid of looking like foolish dreamers. But anyone who's ever succeeded at anything will tell you it all starts with an idea, some focus, and a few words. (Those words seal the commitment to the idea, much like an oath or covenant.)
If you've ever written a grocery list you've exercised faith. You imagined a lovely pot roast for dinner. You thought about how you could make it. You decided that you definitely could, and would make a pot roast. You wrote "pot roast" on your list and told your spouse, "Honey, we're having pot roast for Sunday dinner." You went to the store...and there, in the meat section was the pot roast you envisioned. You took it home, roasted it in the crock-pot with some red potatoes...and voila!
Fear, on the other hand, is imagining that something terrible will happen and focusing on it until you begin to believe it. Whether your fear materializes or not, you live it over and over in your mind. And for some crazy reason, people who live in fear seem to almost enjoy spreading their negative thoughts around. How often do we hear a negative person say proudly, "I TOLD YOU that would happen." Of course it did. They exercised faith in reverse. It's like a number line, it works in both directions.
Faith is way more fun than fear (and a lot less stressful.) But in the end, it's really our choice.
And Jesus said to him, "If You can? All things are possible to him who believes."
The Gospel of Mark Chapter 9, Verse 23