Have you ever been talking with someone and all of a sudden the words that they are saying hit you like a ton of bricks? They go straight to your core and make you think. I experienced this recently while volunteering at the Holiday Gift Shop. I was working wrapping presents and talking with the many appreciative shoppers, when a young mother commented “It’s time to have a little faith in our lives.” Wow what a statement! Life had dealt her some recent changes, but she realized the importance of faith in God. She wasn’t bitter or depressed; she had confidence that there would be better days, and trusted that along the way God would be there to help her. It caused me to ask myself, do I have faith in my life?
So what is the definition of Faith? It is having complete trust or confidence in someone or something. From the church’s perspective the definition is a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Where does Faith come from? Faith is not something we conjure up on our own, nor is it something we are born with, nor is faith a result of diligence in study or pursuit of the spiritual. Faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it, have earned it, or are worthy to have it. We all have had Faith experiences that shape us into who we are today. We all desire the promise that there is someone or something that will be there for us, in times of need. It’s our security blanket.
As a congregation we are demonstrating Faith to the surrounding Eagan and Dakota County community. The existence of Faith is clearly demonstrated by action. Over the last year we pledged our financial resources to build the infrastructure to grow community outreach in many different ways. We did it with no guarantees of success, but with Faith, complete trust and prayerful planning that we would accomplish this goal. In just a few months since the completion of our Capital Appeal project, it is exciting to see the number of people coming every week for community meals, and the children who are getting help with homework.
The relationships that are being built and the lives we are impacting. Weekly, new services are being added to provide help to those in need. It’s all because we had a little Faith in God to follow His plan.
As a member of the Vision Board, we ask for the congregation’s trust-faith in our ability to expand this church to carryout God’s plan to serve this community. Our Mission statement “To Grow in Faith and Carry on the work of Jesus Christ” couldn’t be clearer on communicating the importance of Faith. This is our guiding light. To trust God that he will lead us down a path to serve others.
So as we start a new year, I challenge each one of us to think about where is Faith in your life today? What have you done or can you do to bring a little more Faith into your daily life? As we read in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the lord your God with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” God is calling- where is your Faith to answer his call?
Heavenly father, we thank you for the gift of Faith, given to us out of your love. Open our hearts and minds to trust in you completely to follow your plan. And in doing so we will we help our brothers and sisters in Christ, to be filled with your grace. Amen.