Think you don’t ever make any decisions based just on faith? I get that. I’m about as independently-minded as they come, and I definitely don’t like to be told what to think or do.
But our daily routines are filled with examples of using not just reason, but faith. Even the simple act of crossing the street means you’ve put your faith in car drivers: that they won’t break the law, run the light, and hit you. In the Air Force, I flew B-52s. If you aren’t familiar with what these huge, magnificent, still viable, but old aircraft look like, they would appear to be more suited to anything but flying. Yet I put my faith in the airmen who maintained them, and the engineers who created them every time I strapped in for a mission. Financially, every time you accept a dollar bill, you are putting faith in the US government that the green piece of paper has value and will be accepted by others for an equal value. So, to be honest, we all operate on the basis of faith sometimes in our lives.
Faith is something we rarely use to identify our choices in our physical world, while we use that term almost exclusively for spiritual choices. Believers and atheists both come to their respective conclusions with facts and reason, but ultimately by faith, because what we don’t know remains a mystery until we do know. All of us face the problems of this world, but unbelievers choose to do so without spiritual hope, and, by faith, put their trust only in themselves, other people, or institutions. Most world religions are based on following laws, doing good things, and earning your way to salvation or a second chance. Only Christians put their hope not in their own actions, but the total sacrifice of another. Those who choose to put their faith in Christ are liberated from many things, but eventually discover Jesus asks His followers to no longer allow other “gods” (including money, power, prestige) to rule over their lives. That’s a difficult challenge in this day and age, but not to try to do so would grieve the Holy Spirit and mock the price Christ paid for the freedom to choose and accept His promises. In other words, repentance is not what we do in order to earn forgiveness; it is what we should do because we have been forgiven. Likewise, giving thanks is not what is required in order to earn God’s blessing; it is what we do because we have been blessed. After many years of ups and downs, a personal faith journey has finally put me on the believer’s path. Specifically, I have accepted Christ and attempt to put God first, others second, and self last.
That’s why sharing the gospel message of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us is part of my mission and purpose in this business and in everything I do. Never any pressure, but if you want to talk about your own faith journey I would consider that an honor and privilege.