Abundant Living Vol. XII, Issue 32

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”  –  Luke 17:6

People who insist upon seeing with perfect clarity before making a decision, typically get stuck in a state of indecisiveness.  The fact is there is no way to research and analyze thoroughly enough to know for sure what the outcome of a decision will be.  Ultimately every decision at some point requires a leap of faith, a casting of caution to the wind.

Tee and I met each other on a blind date.  A mere six months later we were walking down the aisle.  It was a brief courtship for sure – some may have judged it as too short – but so far it has lasted forty-five glorious years.  Yet as in love as we were at the time, there is no way we could have had perfect clarity about our compatibility.  There came a point where our decision required a leap of faith.

Faith, though, is more and requires more than simply a passive state of belief or trust.  Faith is a call to action.  To use marriage in another example, it was the occasion of my brother and sister-in-law’s fiftieth wedding anniversary when their grandson – himself about to be engaged – asked his grandfather, “Granddad, how do you stay married for fifty years?”  “You just do,” my brother replied.  A flippant answer?  Hardly!  In fact, I thought it was one of the most brilliant and wisdom-filled treasures a grandfather could pass along to his grandson.  To make the decision to wed is always a leap of faith.  But for the marriage to be successful and life-long-lasting requires action – every day for the rest of their lives.  In other words, “you just do.”

Faith and action are inevitably intertwined.  That is, while a decision to act requires a level of faith, having faith is also a call to act.  Even faith itself, some have suggested, is a verb not a noun; that faith occurs through an act of will in deciding.  Taking a leap of faith (action/verb), in other words, is to trust ourselves and/or others to do and accomplish, while also trusting in God’s divine intervention.  This applies to changing jobs or careers, starting a new business, relocating to a new city, and most every other endeavor – including marriage.  First we must have faith, then “you just do.”

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