Let’s Talk About Faith…
Faith in God and Jesus Christ
Faith is an interesting topic. Instantaneously polarizing for some, and a warm welcome for others. It is something that I work on daily and try to keep top of mind, and I believe it is something that grows as a muscle does, with action and repeated use.
The Apostle Paul taught that “faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Alma made a similar statement: “If ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32:21). Faith is a principle of action and power. Whenever we work toward a worthy goal, we exercise faith. We show our hope for something that we cannot yet see.
Faith does not exist by itself. Faith requires an object. It must be faith in something or someone.
In that respect, faith is like love. Love cannot exist without an object.
Love is meaningless unless it is directed toward something or someone. We love our parents. We love our brothers and sisters. We love the Lord.
Faith is the same. If we think we have faith, we should ask, faith in whom or faith in what? For some, faith is nothing more than faith in themselves. That is only self-confidence or self-centeredness. Others have faith in faith, which is something like relying on the power of positive thinking or betting on the proposition that we can get what we want by manipulating the powers within us.
The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I’ve always enjoyed the analogy of faith to that of a little seed. It is something that requires nurture, attention and growth materials. With sun and water and proper soil a seed can grow into a large sturdy tree. However, if left to it’s own, without care, it will likely wither and die.
Faith is primarily strengthened by 3 means, and these are simple focuses for me each day and week.
- Daily communication with God through prayer
- Daily study of the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon.
- Weekly participation in Church.
Maintaining that type of cadence is important to make sure the faith stays nourished and continues to grow. Cadence is important in every faucet of life. In cycling especially you have to maintain a good cadence to win. In business, your systems and processes need to run according to a cadence to keep things moving in the right direction. In a family parents and children have a cadence to best support one another, learn and grow.
So of course, spiritual cadences allow us to keep focus on those things of importance and allow them to have a meaningful portion of our lives. We often see them as “sacrifices” but those who have participated in putting God first before your needs knows it’s no sacrifice.
When you think about, hear about, or act upon your faith, think of it as an opportunity to grow and a duty to attend to, one that will bring you greater and greater joy as the years grow on.
If you don’t have a faith in God, that is all the better, you have an opportunity to find out for yourself. Through the same means one strengthens faith, one can discover faith. I’ve seen it in my life and in the lives of many others.
If you want to talk more about your faith, let me know, I’m always open to it and hearing from others, especially when I get to share some of my beliefs.