As a child, there was a song I remember hearing. The lyrics, "faith, faith, faith, just a little bit of faith...you don’t need a whole lot, just use what you've got", takes me back to my childhood, Pentecostal church in Indiana. The bible talks about having faith the size of a mustard seed, but what does it really mean to have faith or be a person of faith? After all, there isn't a universal answer that serves as a "one size fits all" for every person or circumstance. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. defined faith as "taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase". One of the most difficult things to do is maintain faith during dark, uncertain times. When given a bleak report or dealing with a seemingly impossible situation, we tend to think about everything that is going wrong, perhaps gathering the facts to prepare for what's ahead. Some may even start to make plans based on whether or not things get worse, or even fail - protective mode sets in and walls go up. We shut people out and worry about what may happen next. Just this past week, I had to exercise my faith in ways I never dreamt I could. I witnessed God's healing virtue flow through a body that was supposed to die, yet lived. Everything in me hoped for the best, but I can't say my faith expected a miracle. In this admission, I know I am a person of faith, but it made me think about not the size of my faith, but its depth. Faith, once planted, must grow, not only higher, but deep, so embedded in the soul that it serves as an anchor during the worst of storms. Colossians 2:7 says, "let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your FAITH will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." My prayer for you this week is that you seek to have great faith - the kind that moves mountains and shakes loose anything holding you back. I would love to hear more faith stories about how God has moved in this area of your life.
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