You Gotta Have Faith: Explaining Faith
Everyone has been told at least once in their life to have faith. This can mean so many different things depending on one’s personal beliefs. For me, it is what I live my life by.
Having grown up in a very traditional Catholic family, I don’t remember not having God as the center of my world. We were taught at a young age to have faith in God, and that through him, all things were possible.
I have always had a strong faith in God. I believe by living my life for him to the best of my ability is one way of showing my faith. Even during hard times, I always know that God is right by my side. Sometimes though, my faith is not as strong as it could be.
Having been brought up in a Christ-centered home, I have the knowledge I learned growing up to fall back on, but how do you broach this subject with those who do not have the same faith? There have been so many times I have wanted to reach out to those who may be struggling in life, but don’t know exactly what to say. I want to share the amazing faith I have in God, but also don’t want to push them further away. It has been a trial and error sort of thing, a definite balancing act.
I am never shy or embarrassed about my own beliefs. My relationship with God is the single most important one in my life. I want others to be able to experience it as well, so I decided instead of trying to prove it, I would let it speak for itself. I would let the experiences of my own life teach others about His Grace and Mercy.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not the perfect Christian woman. I make my own share of mistakes, and my faith does falter when things get really hard sometimes, but I think this is the best way to lead by example. Seeing someone who struggles at times, yet is still able to hold onto Faith and rise above.
When miracles happen in my life, no matter how big or small, I celebrate them. I talk about them and share them. Recognizing the good God has done in my life is a great way to show others His goodness.
I am also known to talk or pray out loud no matter where I am. This may seem odd to some, and I am sure I tend to embarrass my husband and kids, but this is who I am, and I am not ashamed by it. If the need arises, then I do it.
Now, this may be pushing it a little, but I also like to try to point out when I see God’s miracles at work in others lives. Sometimes it is not well received, and no I don’t go up to total strangers to tell them. Much of the time though, I can see them thinking about it, and that is good enough for me.
Faith is not always an easy thing, especially when one has had a lifetime of hardship or trauma. Trying to understand and believe in a God when so much bad has happened isn’t always easy. Had I not been raised with the beliefs I have, I would definitely question His existence.
Even those who do have some understanding and belief, faith is a hard thing to keep.
When I have been asked how I can believe in something I cannot see I just say, “Think about it like this: when you know someone loves you unconditionally without any doubt, that is how I feel about God, and am able to have faith in Him.”