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Having Faith is a Gift – Use It And Know Its Origin

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Faith, quite simply, is having trust or confidence in someone or something.

Although the word is often connected with organized religion, we all use our faith in ways without even realizing it.

Have you ever made a major purchase, such as a car? You’re exhibiting a certain sureness that you’ll still have your job months from now, even when that item hasn’t been paid off.

Do you drive? You’re placing confidence in yourself, other drivers and the rules of the road to make it safe and on time to your destination.

Are you married? You’re putting full trust in another individual to love you forever – and to never break that vow – no matter what.

So faith isn’t something we only reach for or exhibit during times of duress. We use it every day. Fortunately, Jesus Christ, in the Gospel of Matthew, tells us it doesn’t take much to have faith in life.

“Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move,” he said.

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Anyone who has experienced the healing of a loved one, a sudden financial windfall, or surpassed an insurmountable obstacle knows what this means. Faith can move mountains.

Anyone who has been baptized also knows that faith is first given there – it’s an entry into a life of trust and devotion. And yet it’s easy to let our faith be shaken during the troubles of life. It’s only human to fear.

It’s when we make a conscious decision to believe through our doubts and uncertainties that our faith increases. So while belief in a higher being isn’t a prerequisite to have a deep faith, we know that faith helps to discover purpose in life.

It’s a purpose rooted in helping others.

And even if our goodwill isn’t returned, or we’re let down by others’ imperfections, our faith remains. It does so when we again ponder its basic meaning – to have trust or confidence in someone or something.

Here in America, we know the truth:  In God We Trust.

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