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How Does Faith Act and Operate? (3 of 8)
Series: Faith: Where’s Yours?
We are living in what may very well be the most confusing and frustrating time in history. Doesn’t it seem like everything is up for grab? And in the midst of it all, it is not easy to maintain faith. In fact, recent reports say that Americans are losing their faith at unprecedented rates. So I want to ask you a question: What are you believing in these days?
I am not asking you what you think you are “supposed” to believe but what is it that you believe with heart and soul passion?
There is a scene from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in which Sam is trying to encourage Frodo not to give up. Sam reminds Frodo that all the really great stories are about people who keep going when it seems too hard to keep going. And as Sam reminds Frodo that all these characters find something to hang on to that enables them to keep going. Frodo asks Sam, “And what about us, what do we have to hang on to?” Sam answers, “That there’s good in the world and it is worth fighting for.”
Some people declare their beliefs in less noble but more homespun ways such as the bumper sticker I saw the other day which read: Everyone has to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.”
Then there’s the scene from the movie, “Bull Durham” starring Kevin Costner where Costner’s character says, “I believe in the soul…the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch…I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in long, slow, deep kisses that last three days.”
What do you really believe in?
Okay, here’s the clincher: Is what you say you believe making any difference in your life? I’ve come to believe that there are actually three levels to most of what each of us believes. Level number one is what I SAY I believe; Level number two is what I THINK I believe; and then Level three is what I REVEAL I really do be ...
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