Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". This is the very first scripture I remember learning as a new Christian, many moons ago. It has always stuck with me, it is so beautiful and eloquent. But what does it really mean?
When I was a new Christian I thought it meant following the rules. It has only been in recent years that I began the process of growing out of this line of thinking. I have begun to see that faith is so much more than just following a set list of rules. Faith isn't so black and white. It is all about relationship, about the color and vibrancy of a life lived in reliance on God. Some days are bright and cheery, full of lovely lights and sounds. Some days are more subdued, gray and dark. Because that is life, it changes every day. But no matter what the each day brings, my relationship with my creator, my Father, is always available to me. And for me, that is the essence of my faith, relationship. Not rules, not sin or righteousness. Relationship. Love.
Think about it, when you love someone, it gives you strength. Loving opens your eyes to a new world all around you. And in your heart you know that despite what lies ahead, as long as you have your love you can face anything. Isn't that faith? Believing and hoping, despite what the world says? Love is "the evidence of things not seen". Loving, being in a relationship, is faith in action. And for me, the ultimate relationship is the one I choose to maintain daily with my Heavenly Father.
My hope for this month is to spend some time examining my relationships, my faith walk, and sharing some of what inspires me every day. Some days will be deep and insightful (I hope), some will be more lighthearted. My prayer is that this process will bless those who stop by to read my words and that it will deepen and strengthen my personal relationships with friends, family, and of course, my Father.