For me, watching the Summer Olympic Games on television is like seeing faith in action. As Gabby Douglas broke a historical world record and other Olympians received Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals, I was convinced that with hard work (and sometimes sweat and tears) dreams do become realities. The things hoped for can materialize. I’m sure that there were many times when circumstances zapped many of the Olympic athletes’ energy and made them feel as if they could not go on, but when fear was replaced by Faith, they survived and thrived. They kept pushing forward.
Believing that you can achieve what you perceive is what faith is all about. It’s about not giving up. Yet many times in life, we lose our will. We lose faith. Hebrews 11:1 reads, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” While some say that “Seeing is Believing,” having faith means believing in something before actually seeing the results. When we stop having faith, we drown in our circumstances. We become depressed and lifeless. But how do we keep the faith when things are not going our way? How do we stay afloat?
In my experiences with difficult times, I almost always take on the attitude that things will get better. “This too shall pass,” is what I affirm or sometimes I even say, “My next will be better than my ex.” I also try to see the value of the situation and believe that the experience is for my own personal growth. That way, I avoid being the victim. I’ve learned to adapt, regardless of my present situation. Overcoming obstacles is a part of life and the more positive our attitude, the better we ca handle adversity. Prayer and meditation are also essential in conquering life’s challenges. Some lessons are not to be understood right away, but giving our concerns to God and trusting in Him gives us power immediately. We must learn to get through the valleys if life and not allow our fear to deplete us of our confidence.
There is no assurance that life will go as we plan or hope. Nothing is perfect. But we shortchange ourselves when we lack faith and perseverance. Perhaps you have had some trying experiences that have left you feeling defeated. If so, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “Where Is My Faith and in Whom Do I Trust?” You’ll suddenly realize that you have several alternatives and solutions to creating better circumstances. Why not imagine that you’re an Olympic star going for the Gold. Just concentrate; put your best foot forward; and never give up. And when all else fails, try a little faith.