|Posted on May 25, 2020 at 6:40 AM|
Every one of us has beliefs. I have beliefs about myself - for example, I believe that I have learned a strong sense of the difference between right and wrong, and that I am a strong and capable woman. In addition, I hold beliefs about others. One of my beliefs is that my husband loves me and will take care of me if I become ill. And I believe in the patterns of nature. I know that spring will always follow winter, and seeds will grow after they have been planted and watered (well, most seeds, anyway!) I imagine you could name a number of similar beliefs that you hold.
Most people also have a faith belief. Some people may say they have no faith belief, but then most likely they believe in atheism, or that there is no God. I believe that many religions hold some points of truth, but I have chosen to hold Catholicism as my personal faith belief.
Our beliefs can shape our reality through their influence on our behavior. What you think directly influences how you feel and how you behave. For example, if you think you’re a failure, you will feel like a failure. Then you’ll act like a failure, which reinforces your belief that you must be a failure. On the other hand, if you believe that you are capable, competent, and deserving of your dream job, you will probably be more likely to seek out and notice opportunities that could help you get there.
There was a point in my life when I believed I was not a good person. I had made some mistakes, things were not going well, and I didn’t have much hope that those things would change – I believed that I was stuck where I was. I moved through my days almost like a zombie… just functioning through the things I had to do, but with no bright outlook on life. During that time I doubted my faith, too. I strayed from God and didn’t want to let him back into my life. I didn’t have any hope; I didn’t believe that things would improve and I couldn’t see a bright spot anywhere, and I found it tough to hold on.
Thankfully I was able to get some help to get me back on track, and eventually I realized that God hadn’t left me, but in fact I had left Him. My faith began to grow stronger, and I started to believe in God and myself again.
Looking back on this time, and how I felt while I was in it, I can certainly see how some people may be driven to despair during times like these. When a person doesn’t seem to have any hope, and can’t seem to believe that things will improve, nor can they see good things, I can imagine that it would be tough to hold on. I was one of the lucky ones, I did get some help and was able to climb out of my hole and regain my faith.
In many places in my Bible I can find quotes reminding me why I believe. Probably my favorite is John 3:16, which says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I am choosing to believe in God, despite the situation in which we live.
I pray that you have strong, positive beliefs in your life, and especially some centered around your faith. For “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1) We may not be able to see what God has planned for us and our world, but I believe that He will take care of us and that somehow we will be blessed.
Have a blessed Monday!
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