How Do We Find The Way?
Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.
I am a person who turned my back on my faith once upon a time. Yes, my parents raised me knowing God and I attended church, like most people did in the 50’s and the 60’s. But when the time comes, as it must, that we grow up and leave the nest, and become responsible for maintaining faith’s spark ourselves, it so often seems to find its way at the back of the line of our priorities in life. We know it shouldn’t, but as the family dynamic has evolved, unfortunately, so has faith’s importance in our very busy lives.
Once upon a time, in our “Leave It To Beaver” world, we were able to attend little league games during evenings or Saturdays. Sunday remained exclusively God’s day! But these days, the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday work week is a thing of the past. However, even if we have forgotten Him, He NEVER gives up on us! And whether we ever return to a time of a true devotion to Him becomes less important than our becoming the best person we can, because of the challenges we face and overcome. And if it leads to the realization that none of it, the good and the bad, would happen without the Divine presence of the Father, well all the better! This is why He offers us the opportunity of rediscovering and returning to the roots of our faith! But how do we accomplish it? Well there are many steps we can take. We need not walk each and every one, but sometimes just getting some options will start us walking….which is all that matters, when you really think about it!
- Find a place to worship that fits your life and lifestyle! If it is a church that touches your heart, fine. If it is watching services on the internet or television, so be it. The point is to try to dedicate some time exclusively for Him….whether it is 15 minutes or several hours!
- Seek information about faith. Your library or local bookstore has a wealth of information that can tell you about different faiths or even ideologies within a single religion. And then you can always let your fingers do the walking over the keyboard and onto the information highway of the internet. And better yet, forego all of these and simply pick up the Bible, open to a random page and simply begin reading. Don’t look for any particular meaning in what you are finding. Simply let the power of the words wash over you!
- Choose someone you like and trust who is a person of faith and “pick their brains”! Find out what touches them and why they have chosen the faith or way of practicing their faith, the way they have! Ask questions. If you need to, write them down to keep your discussion on track!
- Use your own head. Reason and rationalize out what you hope to find by embracing faith and let that lead you in a direction that will serve you the best! It may be then that you find what you seek!
- Pray! Don’t seek to say any single thing. Simply open your heart and your mind and begin talking. Then be still. It may be then that the answer you seek comes!
- Don’t seek God with preconceived notions about who and what He is. Be willing to concede that you may have been wrong about Him all of your life!
Finding faith should be at your own pace and in your own time. We must each be ready. If your spouse is ready and you’re not, then your embrace will ring hollow in your heart! But always remember that God will never stop caring for you. His love for us all is perfect and never-ending. And when the time is right, you will know it with an absolute certainty! The following are some Bible verses about finding Faith when the time is right!
Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 15:4 – For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
James 1:4 – But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
Hebrews 12:7 – If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
(All verses are from the beautiful and lyrical King James Version of the Bible)
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