Man holding faith word

October is Clergy Appreciation Month – a time to honor the work of pastors, priests, ministers, rabbis, and other clergy.  It’s also a time to look within ourselves and realize why our faith is so important.  According to the dictionary, faith is a “complete trust or confidence in someone or something”.  It’s not something you can see or touch, but it’s one of the most important aspects of your life.  It is a feeling of hope for something better that goes beyond our awareness.

Faith nourishes our heart and soul, and we use that faith in everyday life, even if we don’t realize it.  We have faith when we drive that other drivers will not hit us; we have faith when we fly that the plane will not crash; we have faith in our relationships that they will last forever; and we have faith in ourselves that we can make it through the day unscathed.

However, when things don’t go according to plan, it’s easy to lose faith, not just in ourselves, but in others as well.  And without faith, we couldn’t expect that things would turn out all right for us no matter the situation.

  1. Allows us to discover our purpose – Going through life’s numerous trials and tribulations can put a toll on each and every one of us. During tough times, it’s easy to question our existence and purpose in life. But through everything we encounter, faith helps guide us in the right direction, to help us discover our reason for being. It’s easier to get through the tough times when we have faith, no matter if it’s faith in a higher power or in something else entirely.
  2. Helps us know things will get better – It seems that every day we experience some type of anxiety or stress, and we sometimes let those feelings overtake us. These types of negative feelings can not only affect us mentally, but physically as well…leading to various types of illness and disease.   However, it’s our faith that helps us know that these negative situations are only temporary and will improve with time. If you truly believe that good things will happen, they will.
  3. Helps us find solutions – Faith helps us find what we all need in life…solutions to our everyday problems. Knowing that there are greater things for us, and expecting those greater things to come true is what keeps us going…thriving towards our full potential.  No matter what terrible situation you may be facing, your faith will help you through it and will guide you to find the answer to help you find a resolution.

If you truly, deep in your heart, want something in life, faith is the thing that helps you to achieve it.  The more you rely on your faith, and relinquishing things in life you can’t control, you’ll discover why having unwavering faith is so important.