May 29, 2018
I promised myself that I wouldn’t push this platform and I would just do my best to share what feels natural. After going around, and around, I felt that it was only right to write a post on Faith. These thoughts on Faith are inspired by Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and the definition she shares in this book.
Although this post was intended to go live last week, a few things got int he way and here we are! That’s ok, though because, these are honest thoughts from a young wife, a sinner, a woman trying to understand life and love and someone who falls short daily. There are so many things that I find troublesome. Things that I continue to fail at, but will always try to conquer. Over the past several years, my reading list has been consumed with spiritual, self-help books, and the random addition of a thriller/murder/ mystery here, and there. For some time now, I have heard so many people rave about Brené Brown, but never actually picked up one of her books. Until now. With that said, you will find me reading everything else she has ever written in the months to come.
After recently finishing up this book, her definition of Faith has constantly been at the forefront of my mind. I can’t seem to shake this definition, as it has truly resonated with me more than anything, in a long time. While I couldn’t recommend this book more, this specific definition had me thinking further on the topic of Faith.
Brown defines Faith as a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.
I have always been a fairly spiritual person and continue to grow my relationship with God daily. Growing up, my mom prayed with me all the time and taught me just how unconditional my heavenly Fathers love is for me and for everyone. While believing is crucial, having Faith is essential and is the part that requires action.
Being a Believer vs. Having Faith
My writing isn’t great, but I kind of think my analogies are worse, so bare with me on this one. I think its relatively easy to say that you have “Faith” when things are going well. Trust me, I’m an expert at that. The sun is shining, it’s Saturday, everything is going your way, you can even throw in an added pay raise or something that might make you even happier. It’s easy to be happy and have “Faith” then. It’s when we actually have to demonstrate and use our Faith, that it suddenly becomes difficult.
After reading this definition of Faith and taking the time to understand it and apply it to my own life, I have come to the realization that my Faith might not actually be Faith at all. I’m missing a crucial piece. The action part. Being able to do more than just believe and actually let go of that fear of uncertainty. The act of letting go of uncertainty and finding comfort in the unknown are much harder than simply believing God has it covered.
Here comes the scary analogy. I’m starting to believe that Faith is like potential and kinetic energy. The idea of being stored versus being in motion. I know this sounds crazy, but just stay with me! “Believing in what we cannot see”, is much like potential energy, in my opinion. It’s stored. We know it. For me it’s God, for you it might just be believing in something that is greater than the universe. Whatever it is, it’s like stored energy. We believe in it, it’s accepted, period.
Taking action on that belief, when there is a whole lot of grey area or uncertainty, is when that potential energy becomes kinetic. Faith then transforms from just believing in what we can’t see to then requiring us to “have the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty“.
Faith and Uncertainty
At this point, I still don’t quite know 100% how I feel about this comparison, but it seems to help me put big thoughts into perspective. Although, part of me says faith is both active and at rest. I truly believe, in my heart, that faith is only active. True Faith has kinetic energy. It’s easy to rely on Faith when you aren’t required to trust in uncertainty. Up until reading this definition of Faith, from Brené Brown, I thought I understood Faith. I thought I had it figured out. Now, I’m left feeling like there is still more work to be done. And that’s ok!
No matter what you believe, I hope that you found this definition helpful as I did. I also hope that this post will inspire you to look further into your Faith. I know I will definitely be trying to understand my Faith better now. For so long I thought I had Faith and I do still believe the work is there, however, I think I lose my Faith too easily when God asks me to rely on it. It’s far to easy to only have Faith when it isn’t needed, it is truly when the tables turn that we are called to step out, actively in our Faith.
What do you think? I would love to know how you have grown your Faith and any tips you have for me and others!
A Few Thoughts on Faith, Inspired by Brené Brown