Walking is one of my favorite past times. The cool, fresh air is exhilarating, it provides good exercise, and it gives me quality time to spend with my favorite sheepdog, Shep! On one of our recent walks at the nearby dog park, I contemplated on what it means to “walk in faith.”
In my opinion, the best definition of faith is found in the Holy Bible, Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” So faith is belief that is not based on proof. Being certain of what we do not see can be hard to do sometimes. After all, we have all heard that “seeing is believing”, right?
Yet faith calls us to trust. Period. But where do we put our trust? And how do we walk in faith?
For me, the answer is found in the cross. Here is a photo of a cross that rests in the corner on the porch of our cabin in Wisconsin. This cross was made years ago by my son, Matt.
The vertical piece of wood points to trust in God; the horizontal piece of wood points to trust in others; and the point at which they intersect represents trust in myself.
And since I can’t control God, and I can’t control others, I can only control myself. Thus, I will do the best I can to live out my life purpose and leave the rest to God.
So, here is what it means to me to “walk in faith”:
F – Friendly (be approachable and smile often)
A – Authentic (be genuine and transparent)
I – Inquisitive (be curious and ask powerful questions)
T – Trustworthy (be discreet and keep things confidential)
H – Helpful (be kind and empathetic)
Now, what about you? Where do you put your trust? And what does it look like for you to “walk in faith?” Please journal your thoughts to these questions and share your responses with me.
“When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you’ll be taught to fly.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD