Wake up in the morning and open your eyes wide. See the beauty in the world, smile and give thanks. See the ugly in the world, weep; then refuse to let it win. Do this and a life will be lived.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Faith Isn't a Feeling

I’ve come to realize there is a river, deep and violent with the current flowing downstream. You can ride it or sink into the place where time ceases to exist. It is a choice. I don’t know why were given the choice but I know the right one. To live is to accept the challenge of surviving defeat, to overcome the distance between panic and serenity. To live is to believe there is something greater than yourself, that the answers are His, not your own.
There are no lucky ones. We all are blessed with the gift of life and we all carry burdens along the journey. It is our responsibility to act with courage and give those burdens to the grace of God. No one escapes trials, but some do allow trials to weaken the spirit. True courage is refusing to let go, no matter if your hands are bleeding.
The smartest people in the world aren’t the scientists and the billionaires. The smartest people are those who dedicate their lives to love. We were created to be in relationship with one another, with relatives, with friends, with spouses and with neighbors. We were designed to be in a relationship with God.
Faith isn’t a feeling. It isn’t contingent upon life being easy. Faith is coming face to face with an angry river and, rather than looking for a way around it, choosing to stay on course. Faith is a choice. I don’t know why were given the choice but I know the right one.
Be willing to seek out the light in the dark.

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