I think we would all agree that amongst the many uncertainties in life; one thing is certain, life is filled with challengers. We are surrounded by some form of challenge daily. If you are not facing or have never faced any challenges, would you please contact me. There are soo many things I would like to know.
Certainty is the firm conviction in someone or something; it is the truth, confidence, assurance, reliability of what is seen and therefore known. Faith on the other hand is the complete trust, confidence, hopefulness, reliance that is placed in someone or something before it is seen.
I don't know about you, but my ability to get a good nights rest not just sleep and wake up each morning and face the day comes from faith. I have come to realise -
I believe that our external senses gives us certainty and this is what aids our survival, yet it is our internal senses that give us faith and aids our living. When we are able to be fully aware, externally and internally we position ourselves to a life of thriving.
Now according to the Bible our sense of hearing is important in the activation of faith. Therefore, we need to listen with intent. I believe we fail to understand or comprehend the options we have in life and how to choose wisely because we fail to listen. Instead we hear what we want, interpret it to our liking and respond to what benefits us at the time because we act our of certainty rather than faith. Hence we believe that we don't have what it takes to move mountains, part seas, kill giants, walk on water, follow passions or to choose life.
My encouragement to you today is, whatever you are facing in life; choose to move with faith one step at a time and one day at a time being certain that God is with you and He loves you.
Can you count how many test or trials you have faced in your life thus far? Well, if you haven't had any I would love to hear from you. From the moment of possibly conception we are faced with challengers to survive and more so to live. These challengers are what make us stronger, what give us our story and ultimately what becomes our testimony. That says we have done, we have passed we have made it.
Our testimony is the living proof of our story. If we haven't been through it, it doesn't belong to us. I would love to say that on the picture on the left is me. That I climbed that mountain and captured that breath taking view of the valley beneath. But the truth is I didn't. So, I can't testify to what it felt like, how my body felt or the emotions that were stirred within me as I looked back on what I had achieved. All I can do is admire the picture through the lens of someone else.
If you are anything like me, I don't particularly care for test. In fact although I know it is a part of life, it is not the thing I look forward to when I wake up in the morning. Yet, once I have gone through what I know to be a test and I look back and can see that I made it, the relief is shear joy. A test can last a for hours, days, weeks, years, essentially until we learn how not to let it stop us from living life.
Our testimonies are our stories. If we were to write a book, I am sure we could write many volumes not just chapters in a book. Our stories capture the good the bad, the ugly and everything in between from start to the end. I think our testimony on the other hand captures the journey through the particular test, highlighting how we made it out to the other side. It is our testimonies that often bring the most inspiration to others, offering hope and building faith.
I would like to encourage you, to share your testimony. Have you survived the loss of a loved one, have you made it through an illness, have you overcome or are you overcoming physical, spiritual, social, emotional or mental challengers, or perhaps you have learned how to deal with living with a disability or mental illness. I would love to hear your testimony.
Our test your test and more so how you have made it thus far could be the inspiration for someone else and their testimony. Can you imagine being part of someone else's testimony.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and your testimony.
From the moment of conception we begin a journey of transition. From a fetus to infancy, childhood, adolescence.. Each stage proposes varies changes and challenges. How often do we think about that first moment when we transitioned from being what would have felt safe in our mothers wombs to being in a new environment; the great unknown was and is a head of us.
Do you remember how much courage it took for you to trust your limbs as you began to crawl or walk? Do you remember the transition time when you went from being safe within your parents care to going to school and spending all that time with strangers. How about the big leap of uncertainty as you stepped into the world of employment or moving out of home or even into a covenant relationship. All the stages of our lives is part of transition. In the journey of life I don't think we often think about how much courage it takes to step out.
Transition is moving from one thing/moment to another and it is the inevitable of life. We move from morning to afternoon and night. How much thought goes into all that takes place in those moments of 24 hours. We all have a measure of faith and we constantly put it into practice, yet we don't think much about it. I recently read a quote by an unknown author that goes like this 'A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings'. Trust is faith in action while courage is taking a step of faith because of trust. The bird trust its wings because it has courage to fly and faith that its wings will carry it. The bird transitions from a position of being held by the branch to being reliant on its wings.
Moments of transition can at times be scary and uncertain. I encourage you to be courageous, that regardless of the stage in your life or the transition that is a head of you, you have made it this far. You have made many transitions and you will make many more. You may not have a clear plan of action or you may even be uncertain of what the future holds. Be certain you can trust God who not only knows your future but knows what the future holds for you. Put your faith in God, He will not let you down, regardless of how life has been, embrace the lessons that have been teaching you to fly/walk and take courage.