Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
For many, this is the hardest area of your life to accept, or consider.
I am not going to spend a lot of time making the case that there is more then the tangible world we see, touch, and feel around us, but the bottom line is we all have the basic questions that Thomas Anderson in The Matrix asked:
– Who are we?
– Why are we here?
– What’s happening to us; why?
Lets just assume that the reason we all ask these seemingly bland and obvious questions is because there is more then meets the eye, and that is what happens in the spiritual realm.
The spiritual aspects of your life deal with connecting with, and understanding the deeper aspects that cause us to ask those questions, to not know but to know that we don’t know. In my own spiritual walk, it’s really not about traditions, rituals, costumes, meditation, good works, or studying some text. All those play a part, however the main focus is a relationship with my Creator.
It’s working on myself in regards to my character, integrity, personality, and world view. Always attempting to gain a larger, deeper, broader, and bigger understanding of the world, or worlds around me.
Everyone has faith; everyone trusts something or strives to be loyal to a promise. One definition that I use outside what is found at dictionary.com is the ability to deal with the unknown or chaos.
Faith is not necessarily the absence of your own knowledge, but it is how you use your knowledge and experiences to grasp, comprehend, or move forward.
Faith plus your world view determines how you act and react to anything.
Spiritual side of your life is in part dealing with that second part, your world view, more so then the first part … your ability to trust and deal with the unknown.
There are two big suggestions for improvement:
- journaling & documentation – just take some time on a regular basis and keep track of what is going on.
- don’t ignore it for too long – it is easy to go about your life and not even think about anything outside your filling your perceived wants and needs.
Exploration into the questions behind the questions, or needs causing the needs and facing the brutal facts that either your life is providing the abundant life we believe it should have, or it is not.
This is the most ignored area of life in our current culture, yet and thus it is also the key aspect that you probably need to spend more time on.