Faith

People talk about faith a lot.  Especially people of faith.  True Christ-followers understand the concept of faith better than anyone else, yet find it difficult at times to exercise that faith in certain situations.  James said it would happen [James 1:2-3].

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Recently I had the chance to exercise my faith in a real life experience, and I gained some valuable insight into the concept of faith.  Here is a little history of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:

In 1888, George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, arrived in the young city of Vancouver in Canada. Mackay purchased 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of Capilano River and built a cabin on the very edge of the canyon wall. In 1889 he suspended a footbridge made of hemp rope and cedar planks across the canyon with the help of August Jack Khahtsahlano and a team of horses who swam the ropes across the river. The ropes were then pulled up the other side and anchored to huge buried cedar logs.

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This 153 yard bridge took me to the other side of the river, where we walked on other bridges up into the tops of the trees and looked down at the river flowing below.   I’m not a big fan of suspension bridges, holding at any given point more than one hundred people going back and forth.  The only bad thing about going all the way over to the other side… you have to cross the bridge again to come back.

Placing my faith in the cabling, wood, and design of this bridge was very challenging for me.

I suspect that for people far from God, who always want to believe they can handle everything on their own, they might have some difficulty believing Jesus really is the only BRIDGE worth taking.  They probably doubt His ability to be the Savior He claims to be.  They dispute His authority and claim to be the ONLY means (way, truth, life) of right relationship with God.

Nevertheless, it is true.

What it takes to act on this truth… is to take a step of faith into Jesus.

Hebrews helps us here [11:1]:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

If I wanted to see the river from the tops of the trees… there was only one way to get there… stepping out in faith.

If you want to know the joy of eternal life with the Creator of the Universe, there is only one way to get there… taking that step of faith into Jesus.

The Rosy Beyond

Daily Post:  Pink

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Is the grass really “greener” on the other side?  I know what you’re thinking.  This daily post is supposed to be about PINK, Dr. Wilkins, not green!  Well, it’s an expression right? Sometimes we’re concerned with things we don’t have, or items we think we need, but mostly just want, and it or they are over there somewhere, on the other side of some obstacle we can’t conquer.  Some synonyms of pink are:  prime, perfection, best, finest, greatest.  These are all things on the “other side” of something we must climb, cross, or dig through to reach.  But what if we were to quit obsessing about the rosy beyond, and focused on the here and the now of our lives, reaching out for different goals that might keep our life in the pink?

Each of the fourteen thoughts in the image above, work in synergy with the others to put the pink back into your life.  Imagine how your brain would react differently if every day you would just choose to “Think Positively,” or “Volunteer Freely.”  Fewer and fewer people today volunteer for anything, without asking first “What’s in it for me?”  If you get something out of it, it’s not free.  Wasn’t there a “Friends” episode about this?   What if we would see Bobby McFerrin’s song released in 1988 as more than just a Grammy Award Song of the Year, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?

How many people reading this article would benefit from just once a day, putting aside everything you’re doing at some point, and just go outside and walk around the block?  I mean really guys, you’re not going to get a two-pack, much less a six-pack from just walking around the block.  But exercise something, even if it’s just your legs.  And speaking of exercising something, what about your mind?  “Read More” is an excellent one, because God gave you a brain for something other than watching soaps or sports.  You really don’t want me to even get started on “Eat Healthy,” right?

Ok, then, I’ll focus on just three of these topics which will help your life pink-up a bit.  First, “Build Faith.”  This can’t mean the secular kind of faith we already have, because that hasn’t really worked yet has it?  Think about it.  You already have faith that your car will start when you go get in it to travel to the grocery store.  You have faith in all those other drivers out there, that they know what they’re doing and won’t end your life in a head-on collision.  You have faith that the food you’re about to buy in the store, won’t kill you from some exotic bacteria.  We live by secular faith all our lives.  But I’m talking about building faith in something that is far more secure and faith-worthy.  Come to know the Creator of the universe personally, by stepping over the line of true faith, and give your heart, soul, mind and body to Jesus as your Savior.

Second, “Love Always.”  The apostle Paul said that “Love” will never fail.  He said that there are three things which will last forever, Faith, Hope, and Love, but the greatest of these is LOVE.  One way to change the way we think is to practice saying the words, “I like THINGS, but I love People.”  This one small change in our vocabulary and thinking will revolutionize our lives, turning it rosy pink!

Third, “Live Forever.”  Some people don’t want to do this.  In spite of current media advertising promotions, some of the aged in our country who are suffering the ill effects of aging are just ready to give it all up already.  So, I’m pretty sure from a secular viewpoint when you and I reach this point, we may not want to stay here either.  So this “Live Forever” idea must mean something else as well.  Of course it does!  We are already created eternal beings.  We were designed to know the Creator, live out a life-long process of getting to KNOW Him, then when it is “our-time” go to live with Him forever.  The Rosy Beyond is not climbing Everest here, it is not maxing out our portfolios, it is not owning things, toys, or lots of money.  The Rosy Beyond is what awaits us when we live our lives in the Pink, while we can.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

 

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