you are open to receive what God is able to do for you, you stop
doing. You learn how to “Be still and know!”
You know that your good is
on the way, according to God’s nature and willingness to give.
You also put
your faith in the fact that God is always on time.
light of faith confers upon us undreamed-of enhancement
of our vision, an extension of our understanding, and enrichment
of our natural powers beyond the powers of words to convey.
Yes, I have doubted. I have wandered
path. I have been lost. But I always returned. It is beyond
the logic I seek. It
intrinsic, built-in sense of direction. I seem to find my way home.
My faith has wavered but has saved me.
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will
move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
-Jesus of Nazareth
|Faith is so rare--and religion so
common--because no one wants to live
between first base
and second base. Faith is the in-between space
not sure you'll make it to second base. You've let go
one thing and haven't yet latched into another. Most of
us choose the security of first base.
asking for rain
and faith is carrying the umbrella.
is the centerpiece of a connected life. It allows us to
by the grace of invisible strands. It is a belief in
a wisdom superior
to our own. Faith becomes a teacher in
the absence of fact. -Terry Tempest Williams
very real barrier to faith is this feeling of self-sufficiency, this
idea that one can accomplish everything by his or her own self.
have the conviction they must do it all alone.
They have no faith in others. . .
they are convinced that there is no one able to do the job as well as
They refuse to admit that they may need the help of friends,
doctor, minister, or even God. -Norman Vincent
|If it can be verified, we don't need faith.
. . . Faith is for that
which lies on the other side of
reason. Faith is what makes life bearable,
with all its
tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.
not discourage us if we are full
of doubts. Healthy questions
dynamic. In fact,
unless we start with
doubts we cannot have
a deep-rooted faith.
One who believes
lightly and unthinkingly has not
of a belief.
One who has a faith
which is not to be shaken has won
blood and tears--has
worked his or her way from doubt
to truth as one
through a thicket
of brambles and thorns.
|Life is not a level, smooth path, but rather a
series of hills and valleys. There are times spent on the mountain top, when everything seems clear
and perfect. Then there
are those times when we feel like we’re wandering
around in a dark cavern, feeling our way along and trusting God for
of faith. Runners get a
“second wind” after forcing themselves to go on when
they feel they can’t. We
feel the joy of God’s Spirit lift us up and carry us on
when we choose to continue in faith, no matter how we feel or what’s
around us. Take a moment
and set your heart to be persistent in faith—faith in
God to lead you, pick you up when you have fallen, give you strength
to go on,
and ultimately bring you to victory.
is a process of leaping into the
abyss not on
of any certainty
about where we shall land,
on the belief that we shall land.
given back to us after a night of
doubt is a stronger
thing, and far
more valuable to us
never been tested.
Faith is to
what you do
not yet see;
the reward for
this faith is to see
what you believe. -St. Augustine
at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his heaven--
All's right with the world.
most important element in human life is faith; if God were to take away all
fitness, wealth, intelligence--and leave me with but one
gift I would ask him for faith. For with faith in him and his goodness, mercy and love for me, and belief in
I believe I could suffer the loss of
all my other gifts and still be happy.
best definition of faith that I know is that it is reason
grown courageous. Moreover,
that is all that Christ ever
asked us for, and the reason that he asked us for that
because he wants to use us. He needs our help. It is
almost impossible to believe it,
but God Almighty wants
our help, so Christ tells us. Theoretically or
this is unintelligible, that God should
want human help. But this is the bottom of all
Christ's teaching. The faith he asks for is not to
understand him but to follow him. By that and that alone
can people convert the tragedy of human life, full of
disillusionments, and with so-called
death ever looming ahead, into the most glorious field
honor, worthy of the dignity of a son of God. What Christ
asks is that we shall try it out. He actually dares
us to follow him. In that way, he says, you shall win
that prize in life,
for which any man can with perfect
reason afford to give everything else.
Faith marches at the head of the
army of progress.
--It is found beside the most refined life,
government, the profoundest philosophy,
the noblest poetry, the purest humanity.
-Theodore T. Munger
|I have done much
reporting in what might be termed the religious field.
I have interviewed dozens of people--maybe hundreds--asking questions
about their beliefs. Some impressed me more than others, but it is
to avoid the conclusion that the gift of faith (and I think it is
a gift) is the most
valuable one of all. People who have it are stronger--and kinder--and
more unselfish--and happier. It's as simple (and as
mysterious) as that. -Arthur Gordon
reason nourishes my faith
and my faith my reason.
|It often seems easier
not to move on; even the muck and mire in which
stuck seems less fearful and less challenging than the
unknown path ahead. Some people use faith as a
reason to remain stuck. They often say,
have faith, so I'm waiting." But faith is not
complacent; faith is action.
You don't have faith
and wait. When you have faith, you move.
actually shows lack of faith. When it's time to
in a new direction in order to progress, the right
people will come to us. -Betty Eadie
|Life without faith in something is
too narrow a space in which to live. -George Lancaster Spalding
can do very little with faith,
but you can do nothing
without it. -Samuel
|I think it is
impossible to explain faith. It is like trying to
which one cannot do by dividing it into its
labeling them scientifically. It
must be breathed to be understood.
the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice,
before a single word: faith. -Napoleon Bonaparte
|If we were logical, the future would be
bleak indeed. But we are more
than logical. We are human
and we have faith, and we have hope. -Jacques Cousteau
faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women
can flee for refuge from the storms of life.
It is, instead,
an inner spiritual strength which enables them to face those
storms with hope and serenity.
Religious faith has
the miraculous power to lift ordinary human beings
to greatness in seasons of stress. -Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
never saw a moor;
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.
I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.
road to glory is difficult with its rocks and boulders, its strain and
Things aren’t always as easy as we would like.
Surprises and pitfalls wait for
us along the road of life.
We’re going to sweat and sway, we’re going to wonder
why things are the way they are.
But every road has an end; every mountain
has its peak.
If we can just hold on and keep climbing, knowing that God is
aware of how we’re straining, he will bring us up and over the
mountains. -Thelma Wells
|I've found that the
people I most admire in this world are people of great
religious faith--people who recognize not only the
existence of God, but also the goodness and the Love and
the caring of God. These people walk in peace, and I find
that their lives aren't at all troubled by the things
that go on around them--they deal with those things, and
they deal with them effectively, not spending time
worrying "Why is this happening to poor me?"
must admit that my faith is often of the shaky kind, but
as time goes on and I learn more from these role models,
I grow to learn that my faith is what I make it. If I
have faith that God will provide, then I'll find ways to
keep on, no matter what the circumstances. If I don't
have faith in God, then my faith must ultimately fall in
people, and I know from experience that that kind of
faith will fall short as people let us down time and time
again. People have let me down; God never has. I see this
fact far too often in retrospect, but I'm working at
seeing it all day, every day. I know that working at
developing my faith is work that will develop my life in
a way that will make it beautiful and fulfilling.
I've learned of a few things that faith is
NOT: faith is not dogma, believing that there is
only one way to do things, and that's MY way. Faith
is not memorizing the Bible or the Talmud or the Koran
and spouting off passages to impress others and to keep
from having to think for ourselves. Faith is not
going to church every week and ignoring the message the
other 6 and 23/24 days of the week.
Faith is a calm knowledge that things will
be okay, because we were created to be just who we are,
and no matter how bad things seem, they will work out--and
the faithful person knows that they may take a bit longer
to work out than we want them to. Faith is knowing that
we are loved, just as we are, and that we are worth
loving, just as we are. That's hard for me to
accept sometimes, but I know in my heart that it's true,
and God gave us hearts so that we could know such things.
would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded
than live in a world so small that my mind
could comprehend it. -Henry Emerson Fosdick
|You do build in
darkness if you have faith. When the light returns you
have made of yourself a fortress which is impregnable to
certain kinds of
trouble; you may even find yourself
needed and sought by others as
a beacon in their
dark. -Olga Rosmanith
are the messengers of the Living One to the honest.
They are the
first knock at our door of things that are not yet, but have to be,
understood. . . . Doubts must precede every deeper assurance;
for uncertainties are what we first see when we look into
a region hitherto unknown, unexplored, unannexed.
Faith and daily
life, faith and work--these are not separate things. They
are one and the same. To think of them as separate--that
faith is faith, and work is work--is theoretical faith.
Based on the recognition that work and faith are one and the same,
we should put 100 percent of our energy into our jobs and 100
percent into our faith, too. When we resolve to do this, we
enter the path of victory in life. Faith means to show
irrefutable proof of victory amid the realities of society and in
our own daily lives. -Daisaku Ikeda,
Day by Day
is a daring adventure into the unseen, it is a radiant faith
in the unexplored, the undiscovered, the miracles of the future. . .
There is magic in the art of believing!
Engrave these words
of the Master in your memory:
“All things are possible to those who believe.” Believe!
Believe in the limitless supply of God’s goodness.
is filled with more wonders than you can imagine.
-Wilferd A. Peterson
we plant a seed, we don't keep digging
up the soil to see if it's growing.
is the gift of God and God will give it to those who ask for it.
You cannot argue or coax or reason or intellectualize and
It is not something you learn.
Your teacher is simply a spiritual farmer who prepares
the soil for the seed which God drops into the fertile soil.
Faith in God enlarges our perspective.
It gives us an awareness that there is more to life than
the basic material one.
There is an invisible but real life which infuses us with
an indescribable peace of mind.
One reason why more people do not receive this gift is
because of pride.
How can we know God if we think we already know
everything and are filled with ourselves?
-Esther Carls Dodgen
|Faith is nothing at all tangible. . . . It is
simply believing in God;
and like sight, it is nothing apart from its object.
You might as well
shut your eyes and look inside, to see whether you have sight,
as to look inside to discover whether you have faith.
-Hannah Whitall Smith
is not something that is passive. Our faith requires a commitment
from us. If thoughts of lack come to mind, we counteract such
by counting our blessings and giving thanks for the abundance of
good things we have. The ability of our bodies to heal is enhanced
by our affirmations of life, which stimulate a positive response
from the life within our very cells.
|Why should we be willing to go by faith?
We do all things in this world
by faith in the word of others. By
faith only we know our position in the
world, our circumstances, our rights and privileges, our fortunes, our
parents, our brothers and sisters, our age, our mortality.
Why should Religion be an exception?
-John Henry Newman
|I prefer to think of
faith, as Coleridge says of poetry, not as
the taking up of belief but as "the willing suspension of
disbelief". . . a willingness to be open, to explore, to
investigate. -Sharon Salzberg
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|We must here make a clear distinction between belief and faith, because, in general practice, belief has come to mean a state of mind which is almost the opposite of faith. Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would “lief” or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go. In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception.
Most of us believe in order to feel secure, in order to make our individual lives seem valuable and meaningful. Belief has thus become an attempt to hang on to life, to grasp and keep it for one’s own. But you cannot understand life and its mysteries as long as you try to grasp it. Indeed, you cannot grasp it, just as you cannot walk off with a river in a bucket. If you try to capture running water in a bucket, it is clear that you do not understand it and that you will always be disappointed, for in the bucket the water does not run. To “have” running water you must let go of it and let it run. The same is true of life and of God.
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