I recently had my aunt share something that really hit me and I wanted to share it here. I’m not sure who the original author is.
“Six Little Stories With Lots Of Meanings”
Once all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s Faith.
When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is Trust.
Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That is Hope.
We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That is Confidence.
We see the world suffering, but still, we get married and have children. That is Love.
On an old man’s shirt was written the sentence ‘I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.’ That is Attitude.
Have a happy day and live your life like these six stories. Remember- good friends are the rare jewels of life, difficult to find and impossible to replace!!
These are all really good things to make you think. The first one hit home the most for me. Because ‘Faith without works (action) is dead’. You have to have faith to the point where you absolutely are for certain that you’ll NEED that umbrella. Not “oh, well *if* it does rain, I’ll sure be happy I had my umbrella”. No. That isn’t faith. Faith is believing something so true that you are prepared for it’s certitude.
Faith without action is dead.
I am a firm believer in having Faith. Sometimes Faith can come so easily- and in other times- it can be the toughest thing you’ll choose to do. Because Faith by itself is a nice thing to think about, it’s a warm chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk snuggled in a warm blank by a fire. It’s comforting… the word “Faith”. But one does not know the impact of Faith until you physically do something in a manner of expecting a precise goal. A leap of faith, perhaps. BECAUSE FAITH WITHOUT ACTION is just a fuzzy feeling, a pretty cliche written on a canvas above your couch. But Faith with action can be ugly. It can make you question every choice and before you know it- your actions are being controlled by your mind and not your soul.
Every day I have to fight to silence my mind. My mind thinks it’s in charge of my actions and it tries to shove all of its disorder onto my choices. I am in this continual battle of mind and soul. My mind is always telling me to be impulsive; to worry; to try to take the easy way. But my soul is always trying to appease me. To trust. To lean on faith. To quiet the mind is, in a nutshell, a shitshow. It’s an habitual encounter. And rightfully so. Faith isn’t just something you have to have every now and then. It’s a constant. A fight that seems endless can often make you tired and want to throw your hands in the air and say “fuck it”! Yes, it can often come to that. But that’s when you prove what you are made of- that you still have control over your mind.
Just some thoughts for today!
Have Faith my friends!
Life is short, make it sweet!