All of the above reactions are quite normal – even routine for most people. Fear. Logic. Faith. So what’s the problem? Faith is in the wrong position of this triad. Had it been in the starting line-up, I likely would’ve sailed through the activities of this test instead of being gripped with fear and doubt. One day I hope to permanently reverse this trend and lean on my faith first. For now, let’s just say I’m still on the bench waiting for my turn to play.
I’m On My Way!
I have been given multiple opportunities as of late to flex my faith muscle. Readying to send my manuscript to publishers, raising two teenagers as a single mom and once again being in the job market. These are no small things and I want to get them right. My advancing age is a constant reminder that there’s no more time for mistakes.
Besides, I’m sort of tired of making wrong decisions based on illegitimate feelings. Fear, doubt, anxiety, worry and many others steal our confidence and prevent us from living out our God-given purpose.
The Road Not Traveled
I think the reason this is happening is to serve as a reminder of my life when my faith in God was, let’s just say, shaky? It’s not that I didn’t believe in God, I just thought I could do a better job of running my life without Him.
Nowadays, I’m learning to know better. And what do they say? When you know better, you do better? That’s me to a “T”. Today, I start my day with a prayer practice that cannot be missed or compromised no matter what the demands of the day are. When faced with a tough situation, almost always I send up a prayer for assistance. At the end of it all, I express my gratitude – whether it worked out in my favor or not.
Does it work? Is my life all rainbows and butterflies because of this practice? No. Not always. People have a tendency to think that because you have a strong faith and practice it regularly that you’re exempt from life’s challenges. When they see people struggling, it only serves to confirm their belief that there is no God or that He’s otherwise occupied and has abandoned his flock. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Get Your Game On!
I want to encourage you to think about your own triad. Maybe yours doesn’t begin with fear. Maybe yours begins with denial or anxiety. Whatever it might be, consider its impact to the situation at hand. Is it helping you? Or, like me, is it preventing a positive outcome?
What would this challenge look like if it was approached with faith first? How would you feel? It’s no fun sitting on the bench watching your teammates get all the glory. Go on, get in the game!